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President Trump is speaking out against a federal judge’s decision to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Montana.
FILE- This Nov. 6, 2015, file photo shows a sign for TransCanada’s Keystone pipeline facilities in Hardisty, Alberta. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
While speaking outside the White House Friday morning the president said, “well it was a political decision made by a judge, I think it’s a disgrace, it’s 48,000 jobs, I approved it, it’s ready to start, and I guess they’ll end up going to the Ninth Circuit as usual — we’re slowly putting new judges in the Ninth Circuit, everything goes through the Ninth Circuit.”
On Thursday U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled a supplemental environmental review must be completed before any further work continues.
President Trump revived the project, which was blocked by the Obama administration shortly after taking office.
FILE – In this March 24, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump, flanked by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, left, and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, is seen in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, during the announcing of the approval of a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, clearing the way for the $8 billion project.A federal judge in Montana has blocked construction of the $8 billion Keystone XL Pipeline to allow more time to study the project’s potential environmental impact. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris’ order on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, came as Calgary-based TransCanada was preparing to build the first stages of the oil pipeline in northern Montana. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)