Demonstrators gather outside White House to protest Trump's pipeline approval
Late Tuesday morning, Trump signed executive orders aimed at moving forward the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines.
The Keystone XL was killed by President Obama in 2015. It would go from Canada to the Midwest.
The Dakota Access Pipeline stalled in December amid protests by Native American groups. It is already nearly complete and would go from North Dakota to Illinois.
“All of us were just like, ‘okay, we knew this was coming,’” said Eryn Wise, who helped organize Tuesday’s protest, which started around 5 p.m. “[It’s] disheartening of course, because we know he’s not invested in the health and the future of the next generations.”
While signing the executive orders, President Trump said the pipelines have the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs.
He said he wants to renegotiate the terms of the pipelines so that only steel made in the United States is used to build them.
“If we’re going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipes should be made in the United States,” Trump said. “We’re going to put a lot of workers -- a lot of steel workers -- back to work.”