In his speech to the joint session of Congress last Tuesday, Donald Trump made a lot of promises to the American people. But in his typical fashion, he pulled another fast one. Many people heard, or thought they heard, him promise that the pipelines delivering oil across our country would now be made only with U. S. steel.
Let’s take another look at what he really said.
“We have cleared the way for the construction of the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines – thereby creating tens of thousands of jobs – and I’ve issued a new directive that new American pipelines be made with American steel.”
First of all, those “tens of thousands of jobs” will only last during the actual construction of the pipelines. Estimates for permanent jobs that result from these projects are fewer than 100.
Yesterday and today social media has been agog with reports that the Keystone Pipeline is somehow “exempt” from the U.S. steel mandate. Anyone familiar with the basic details of Keystone could tell you that Trump’s so-called directive never applied to Keystone.
Why? Because, as Trump knew all too well, the Keystone Pipeline is owned and being built by a Canadian company. His directive only applies to American pipelines. They are exempt because it never applied to them in the first place.
But guess what? It’s probably not going to apply to the Dakota Access Pipeline either – you know, the one that Trump has a financial interest in – because Dakota Access is not a “new” pipeline, but one that is already in existence.
So for the millions who cheered about this portion of Trump’s speech – you got conned by the master con man. Whether you take him literally or seriously, he didn’t do anything to help the U.S. steel industry and steel workers by his “new directive.” He just pulled the old “bait and switch” on you.