President Donald Trump downplayed dissent over the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying he didn’t get “one call” about it.
You can watch the video of Trump’s comments above. Trump also said, “As you know, I approved two pipelines that were stuck in limbo forever. I don’t even think it was controversial.” His comments, to a group of sheriffs, came as the U.S. Army announced it would cancel further environmental study and allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to go forward, following heed from Trump’s executive order allowing the pipelines, which the Obama administration was far less open to.
Trump added of the DAPL and Keystone XL pipelines, “You know, I approved them and I haven’t even heard one call from anybody saying, ‘oh, that was a terrible thing you did.’ You know, usually, if I do something it’s like bedlam, right? I haven’t had one call from anybody.”
Trump and other supporters of the pipelines say they will bring jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil. However, months of intense protests and clashes with North Dakota law enforcement occurred at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. That tribe has fervently opposed the pipeline as a danger to water sources and cultural heritage site, and it’s found support from other Indian nations, people, and celebrities. The protests were called the most significant gathering of Indian people in decades.
If Trump didn’t think DAPL was controversial, perhaps Trump missed these images, which were just some of the stark scenes to emerge at the DAPL protests.