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Pool Report #5
George Condon • National Journal
January 24, 2017: 12:09 PM


Transcript of President's remarks during signings.

#1. "This is on the Keystone pipeline, something that has been in dispute and it is subject to a renegotiation of terms by us. We are going to renegotiate some of the terms. And then if they like, we'll see if we can get that pipeline built. A lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs. (Holds up document) Okay, Keystone pipeline.

#2. This is with respect to the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Dakota Access pipeline. Again, subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by us. (signs) Okay.

#3. This is construction of pipelines in this country. We are -- and I am -- very insistent that if we're going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipe should be made in the United States. So unless there is difficulty with that because companies are going to have to sort of gear up. Much pipeline is bought from other countries. From now on we're going to start making pipeline in the United States. If we build it in the United States, build the pipelines, we want to build the pipe. It's going to put a lot of workers, a lot of steelworkers back to work. (holds up) Okay. We will build our own pipeline, we will build our own pipes. That's what it has to do with. Like we used to in the old days.

#4. This is about streamlining the incredibly cumbersome, long, horrible permitting process and reducing regulatory burdens for domestic manufacturing. Many of the people we've been meeting with over the last long period of time, but yesterday and others. The process is so long and cumbersome that they give up before the end. Sometimes it takes many, many years and we don't want that to happen. And if it's a no, we'll give them a quick no. And if it's a yes, it's like let's start building. The regulatory process in this country has become a tangled up mess, very unfair to people. That's a big one. (holds up) Okay.

#5. This is the expediting of environmental reviews and approvals for high-priority infrastructure projects. We intend to fix our country, our bridges, our roadways. We can't be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down or if a highway is crumbling. So we are expediting environmental reviews and approvals. That's what this is. (holds up document) Okay? Thank you very much."

Question on supreme court:

"Next week. I'll be making my decision this week and we'll be announcing next week. We have outstanding candidates and we will pick a truly great Supreme Court justice. But I'll be announcing it sometime next week."



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