Trump and daugther in North Dakota. From Twitter
Published September 7, 2017
Senate Committee Member Heidi Heitkamp hitches a ride on Air Force One with Trump
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – Speaking before 700 of his faithful in Bismarck, North Dakota, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said opening the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was “the right thing to do.” American Indians across Indian Country opposed the pipeline and resisted at Standing Rock for several months.
During his remarks, Trump said those opposed to DAPL said they did not know why they opposed it.
Four days after assuming the presidency, Trump signed memorandum that will allow the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to proceed. His action on the two pipelines reversed the Obama administration’s denial of both pipeline because of environmental concerns.
Here is a text of Trump’s comments in North Dakota on Wednesday, September 6, 2017:
And right here in North Dakota, the Dakota Access Pipeline is finally open for business. (Applause.) Now, what other politician, if elected President, would have done that one? They would have stayed so far away. And I did it immediately, and I didn’t even do it in that case for jobs. It was the right thing to do. And that is flowing now beautifully. So it was the right thing to do. (Applause.)
We opened it despite so many people that were on the other side calling and asking for this not to happen: Please, we don’t want it to happen. I said, why? They didn’t know. There was no — they just didn’t want it to happen.
So I did that. I also did Keystone. You know about Keystone. (Applause.) Another other one, big one — big. First couple of days in office, those two — 48,000 jobs. Tremendous thing. I think environmentally better. I really believe that — environmentally better.
North Dakota U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp
Accompanying Trump on Air Force One to North Dakota was Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota). Heitkamp, who is up for re-election in 2018, is a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.