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White House: Keystone Pipeline Exempt From 'Buy American' Order

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President Donald Trump signs an executive order on the Keystone XL pipeline, Jan. 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 12:01 PM

President Donald Trump's order directing the Commerce Department to use American-made steel does not include the Keystone XL Pipeline, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Friday, according to Politico.

"We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs," Trump said earlier this week in his speech before Congress. "And I've issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel."

His order to the Commerce Department instructed them to develop a plan to use U.S. steel in "all new pipelines, as well as retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipelines" in the U.S. "to the maximum extent possible."

According to the White House, "The Keystone XL Pipeline is currently in the process of being constructed, so it does not count as a new, retrofitted, repaired or expanded pipeline."

Trump told U.S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi at a meeting on Feb. 23 that "we put you heavy into the pipeline business because we approved, as you know, the Keystone pipeline and Dakota, but they have to buy, meaning steel, so I'll say U.S. steel, but steel made in this country and pipelines made in this country," according to CNBC

Last week, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Trump touted his commitment to use U.S. steel in the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines. 

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President Donald Trump's order directing the Commerce Department to use American-made steel does not include the Keystone XL Pipeline, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Friday, according to Politico.
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