Heidi Heitkamp

Memo: Trump backs pipeline based on policy, not investments

President-elect Donald Trump supports completion of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline in the Midwest, based on policy and not the billionaire businessman's investments in a partnership building the $3.8 billion pipeline, according to an aide's memo.

Spokesman Bryan Lanza said in a memo this week to supporters that Trump's backing for the pipeline near a North Dakota Indian reservation "has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans."

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the memo.

Trump's most recent federal disclosure forms, filed in May, show he owned a small amount of stock...

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