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Trump support Keystone pipeline but demands profits for U.S.

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The Republican White House contender Donald Trump said he’d approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline if the U.S. could get a “better deal” by receiving “a piece of the profits.”

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Speaking to reporters before addressing a petroleum conference in Bismarck, N.D., Trump said he’d “absolutely” approve the proposed Canada-to-U.S. pipeline which was rejected by the Obama administration in November 2015.

In both the press conference and speech, Trump said the U.S. deserves profits from the pipeline, “because we’re making it happen.”

The Keystone XL pipeline would have run from Canada’s oil sands to Steele City, Neb., connecting with existing pipelines to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

President Barack Obama said the pipeline wouldn’t have served U.S. interests. TransCanada which had requested a permit to build the pipeline, later said it would sue.

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