Former President Donald Trump released a statement on Friday, noting the union that represents the workers on the Keystone XL Pipeline endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 election and are now out of jobs.
Biden was not shy about his plans to shut down the pipeline and said so multiple times on the campaign trail that he will put an end to the project on day one of his presidency.
The endorsement from the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipe-fitters came almost immediately after Biden and Kamala Harris accepted the Democratic nomination. Mark McManus, UA’s general president, acknowledged that his union doesn’t see eye to eye with Biden, but agreed with Biden’s call to invest millions in water infrastructure projects.
Biden said he was “deeply honored” to get the endorsement, adding, “I promise you this: if I’m elected, workers and unions will have the strongest friend they have ever had in the White House.”
“The union representing the great workers of the Keystone KL Pipeline endorsed Biden,” Trump said in his statement. “Now their workers have no jobs and the pipeline, which was well under construction (like the Southern Border Wall) has been shut down, with thousands of jobs lost and the company announcing yesterday that they are ‘permanently pulling out.'”
“You should vote those people out of office immediately and stop paying your union dues. A total waste of money,” Trump continued. “And I said it was going to happen before the 2020 Presidential Hoax!”
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Trump’s statement follows the Canadian company’s announcement to cancel the $8 billion project after Biden denied a permit for the 2,000-mile pipeline that would have delivered crude from Canada’s Alberta oil sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
“TC Energy Corporation confirmed today that after a comprehensive review of its options, and in consultation with its partner, the Government of Alberta, it has terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline Project (the Project),” the company announced in a press release on Wednesday. “Construction activities to advance the Project were suspended following the revocation of its Presidential Permit on January 20, 2021. The Company will continue to coordinate with regulators, stakeholders and Indigenous groups to meet its environmental and regulatory commitments and ensure a safe termination of and exit from the Project.”
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