PALM BEACH, Fla.—The Keystone XL oil pipeline won’t use American steel in its construction, despite what President Donald Trump says.The language in the directive Mr. Trump issued in January applies to new pipelines or those under repair, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday.It would be hard to do an about-face on Keystone because it is already under construction and the steel has been acquired, Ms. Sanders said.
President Trump said as recently as last week that Keystone and the Dakota Access Pipeline must use U.S. steel “or we’re not building one.”
He used his executive powers shortly after taking office to green light the two pipeline projects that had been blocked by President Barack Obama.
The Keystone pipeline would run from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. The Dakota Access line would move North Dakota oil to Illinois, and that project is nearly complete.