Trump Team Confirms Dakota Access Support Has "Nothing To Do With Personal Investments" In Pipeline Builder

Tyler Durden's picture

'Winter is coming' in North Dakota but as over 2000 veterans arrive to provide a human shield for the 'water protestors', president-elect Donald Trump said for the first time that he supports completion of the pipeline project near a North Dakota Indian reservation. Reassuringly his team confirmed that his support "has nothing to do with his personal investments" in Energy Transfer Partners - the company building the pipeline.


As we noted yesterday, US military veterans continued to arrive at the Indian reservation, braving snow and freezing temperatures to support the protesters... (as Reuters reports)

Matthew Crane, a 32-year-old Navy veteran who arrived three days ago, said the veterans joining the protest were "standing on the shoulders of Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi" with the their plans to shield protesters.



"I bought a one-way ticket," he told Reuters as he worked to build a wooden shelter at the main camp. "Hopefully we can shut this down before Christmas."

However, not all veterans were supportive of these actions...

Several members of the North Dakota Veterans Coordinating Council, which represents five veterans organizations in the state, held a news conference to decry the involvement of veterans in a protest that has damaged property and asked veterans not to participate in the demonstration.


"We agree that it is our constitutional right to assemble and to peacefully protest," council President Russ Stabler told reporters at the West Fargo VFW Post 7564 building. "However, protests over the last 100-plus days in North Dakota have been less than peaceful.


"Participating in this kind of assembly even as a peaceful bystander or participant will only mar the image of the North Dakota veterans and the veterans of our nation," he added as he stood surrounded by about a dozen veterans from the region.

Additionally, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple on Wednesday told reporters it was "probably not feasible" to reroute the pipeline, but he would try to rebuild a relationship with Standing Rock Sioux leaders, and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday said for the first time that he supports the completion of the pipeline, and as Reuters noted, Trump's transition team also said Trump supported peaceful protests.

"We respect all Americans’ first amendment right to peacefully protest, and we hope that local and federal officials continue to give support to local law enforcement so they are able to continue to protect these protesters," said the Trump transition team's daily note sent to campaign supporters and congressional staff.

But, a communications briefing from Trump's transition team said despite media reports that Trump owns a stake in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP.N), the company building the pipeline...

Trump's support of the pipeline "has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans."


"Those making such a claim are only attempting to distract from the fact that President-elect Trump has put forth serious policy proposals he plans to set in motion on Day One," said the daily briefing note sent to campaign supporters and congressional staff.

Republican North Dakota Senator John Hoeven said he met with Trump's transition team to discuss the delayed pipeline.

"Today, Mr. Trump expressed his support for the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has met or exceeded all environmental standards set forth by four states and the Army Corps of Engineers," Hoeven said in a statement.

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whatamaroon's picture

My biggest MLP holding is ETP, I need the tax free -return of capitol- money.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



...completion of the pipeline project near a North Dakota Indian reservation.

Hundreds or even thousands of veterans are supposedly protesting the legal construction of a pipeline near an Indian reservation.

I haven't heard of any veterans protesting the pipeline wars in Afghanistan or Syria.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) hedgeless_horseman Dec 1, 2016 9:05 PM
Kellogg attacks Breitbart news removes all advertising. The Kellogg Company, famous for its breakfast cereals, is giving far-left activists hundreds of millions of dollars to promote left-wing causes and projects, including “white privilege” and “structural racism.”

The company’s project to promote “coming to grips with racism” was touted at its “American Healing Conference.” The conference promised to “move the conversation from hope to possibility.”

In an article on its webpage, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), the activist NGO sponsored by the Kellogg Company, states that “racial privilege and structural inequities have influenced” America and are at the core of nearly everything the country has done.

“Since the birth of America, racial privilege and structural inequities have influenced the nation’s policies and social systems, from healthcare, education and child welfare to media, food consumption, justice and countless other facets of everyday life,” the foundation states. “In America, those who differ from the majority because of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, gender, weight and other characteristics face a deluge of outright discrimination and unconscious bias.”

The foundation goes on to claim that the nation is racist without even realizing it.

Soros main foundation which is the Tides Foundation is part of it.

Sign the Boycott Kellogg which wants to shut down the alt. right financially.

K stock was down 2.20% yesterday, 1.40% today.

Kellogg gave $1 million dollars to Black Lives Matter

Kellogg used slave labor, children as young at 8 yrs old overseas to make some ingredients.

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Minority Employees Accuse Kellogg’s of Racism, Subjecting Them to N-Word, Photo of a Baboon

You asked for it Kellogg, the revenge of the internets.



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FreezeThese (not verified) Chris Dakota Dec 1, 2016 9:09 PM

Long trademarks on ... "has nothing to do with his personal investments" ... will be used immensely the next four years

Boris Badenov's picture

F**k Wheat, and F**k High Fructose Corn Syrup they put on top.

This shit is not in my diet currently, so I can't join your boycott, sorry.

whatamaroon's picture

Those veterns are victim of FAKE news, the fact this isn't on 'Indian land' makes no difference to the narritive.

Ms No's picture

Technically that land is legally theirs actually.  That is why the MSM always refers to the area as the "current tribal boundary".  It is contested.  It was stolen after the primary treaty and a treaty is the law, or supposedly is.  They Indians agreed to quit fighting and allowed them in, then they stole it and the Indians have come to accept that for the most part.  So then they put a massive pipeline upstream of their water supply.    Of course they are going to be pissed off.  They have also been screwing with the Pine Ridge because they have Uranium and they want it.  They also killed a bunch of Indians out there in the 80s using goons similar to ISIS.  Not one dollar of the money paid to the Indians for the Black Hills was ever taken either.  That doesn't really the profit narrative now does it.  That place means something to them.  You can't just read just one side of the story especially when the side with the upper hand is the government.  They fought for 35 years to hold on to that chunk of land and maybe since they are starting to let it go these cocksuckers should leave them alone. 

"...the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851 was ratified by the U.S. Senate on May 24, 1852, and the amendment was not sent to the tribes until 1853. While the government secured some signatories to the amendment, in some cases under threat to withhold annuities, the amended document was never approved by all of the tribes concerned. This amendment has been a source of controversy ever since."

"Under the terms of agreement, the United States would supply the several tribes with $50,000 for 50 years, designate territorial boundaries of each tribe, provide punishment for depredations, and gave authority for the government to lay roads and build military forts in Indian country and other provisions. (Kappler, (compiled and edited) 1904 Indian Affairs, Laws and Treaties, Washington, Vol. II, pp. 594-596)

"When the treaty was returned to Washington, the U.S. Senate refused to give its approval to the long term financial arrangements, and amended the treaty by limiting the appropriation to ten years. The Indians were not a part of this amendment and believed the original treaty was still in force."

By 1871, federal Indian policy shifted radically for several reasons. An act of Congress in 1871 “Provided that no treaties shall hereafter be negotiated with any Indian tribe within the United States as an independent nation or people.” Thereafter, all Indian land cessions were achieved by act of Congress or by Executive Order."


MaxThrust's picture

Why wont they just reroute the Pipeline. May be I am missing important piece of this puzzle [profit]

Just like in Syria, the gas pipeline from Qatar to Europe could go via another route but NO they must have it go through Syria and we know the reasons for that, don't we Bashar.

coast's picture

Max, many times when I read not only Zh articles, many other websits also, I tend to come up with the same type of common sense questions as you do...Then, I have to go spend alot of time trying to figure it out...One of these days, maybe, I will start my own website because I find that most website hosts do not have the critical thinking that I do... Why cant they reroute the pipeline?   Same question I have, but dont have enough time lately to find out....Or, why did trump give 700,000 a year to carrier?  I know there most be alterior motives, for instance, many do not know that carrier was being sued.  I found that out on my own, or that carrier corp does a billion dollars  year in revenue..I hope to get the time, so that I can reserch and share what I learn...Seems to many websites, do not research, they just post articles, and many of the articles only show one sided views.....anyway, evn if it cost millions to reroute, donald gave carrier 700,000 a year...I dont understand anything anymore, because people who make a living building websites, there ONLY job in life, wont take time to do the true research...

On another note: interesting interview on richie allen show, with paul craig roberts, and wayne madson discussing if trump is a hero or a hypocrit.....

MaxThrust's picture

Coast, thanks for the Youtube link, will watch it later in the day.

You are ight about websites posting items / article information etc but not doing any real investigative journalism. These are the people who make news there [life's work] and yet they cant or wont dig deaper. I guess it's just all about the advertising revenue.

Cheers Max

Dagney's picture

This podcast provided a wealth of information. I did not verify all the claims, but the interviewee said that the pipeline has been re-routed 150 times. It's worth a listen and the website and other sources are provided should you be interested in further research.


coast's picture

listning now dagney...thanks for the link...I like radio shows cause I can do work while listening in the background... :-)   I did look into Tom Woods beforehand, as everyone should, and I did listn to a audio/vido with tom and ron paul, so I am open to tom for now.

Update:  listening to the link you mentioned, and it is very good..thank you.

another update:  why doesnt zerohedge post this stuff?   xlnt info dagney,,,,thanks YET AGAIN!!!  want to start a website with me? :-)

final update:  why are not the veterans standing up and being pissed about GMO and chemtrails?   something to ponder.

coast's picture

rihcie allen thinks trump is a total fraud, but paul craig roberts, and somewhat madsen, says STFU and give him six months...And I tend to agree.....STFU for now, and give trump 6 months, and then we can go pound his ass good if he strays from what he has made us believe......there really is nothing more we can do, we cant impeach trump lol, so we just have to wait  I do hope tho that Trump would come out more often eplaining why he does what he does, so that we are not all guessing...But then again, then he would be showing his cards....grrrr....all I can say is give the guy 6 months and see what happens...and as we all know, NONE OF US WANT TO SEE THE FACE OF HILLRY EVER AGAIN!!!!   :-)     So there is a plus in its own right :-)

 Two sides, PCR says if we dont support Trump at least temporarily, he may go towards another direction, but at the same time, we do need to let trump know we do not want the same ol, or we will get very upset...ok then, I fixed everything so, lets go out for pizza and beer k?

phaedrus1952's picture

It is an extremely elabirate process to plan, design,permit and build 1,000 mile long piipeline.

This particular line lies,for over 40 miles through this disputed area, between 40 and 300 feet from another large pipeline which was innstslled in 1982.

This earlier pipeline, the Northern Border,at 42 inch diameter,is one of the largest pipelines in the US.


Rank extortion

Mr T's picture

Sir that is just not true what you have written. I have looked at the routes from the owners websites and your just wrong.

Even if your lie was true,  that largest pipeline in the USA has plenty of capacity. Why would you run them so close together?

It is vaguely possible to defend this however lying will not get you anywhere 

coast's picture

Mr T.   I have not really cared about this much because all over the world is chaos, and this one was not important to me...But now I am ready to looked at the routes from the owners websites but did not leave a link...please share so I can learn more..thx

l8apex's picture

Max, the pipeline doesn't go through indian lands.  

amor terra's picture

It doesn't go through the RESERVATION.  It most certainly does go through unceded Indian lands that the tribes still retain treaty rights to.  But of course we know just how seriously the U.S. has always taken its treaty obligations to the Indians.

Curiously_Crazy's picture

"..despite media reports that Trump owns a stake in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP.N), the company building the pipeline..."


He's gonna run into that a lot. With such a vast business empire there's probably very little they can't somehow connect back to him in one way or another.

ISEEIT's picture

This one could be dangerous. Personally I would need to study the specifics/background much more carefully before making a call on this. My gut tells me the protesters ultimately will be victorious.


The Occupy Wall Street crew didn't fare so well. I wouldn't imagine when it really gets cold there that it will be that great either, but the Vets arriving on the scene is intriguing for sure. 

Savvy's picture

Trudeau recently scored many points by shutting down Enbridge (Northern Gateway) and giving the nod to expanding two other pipelines (Trans Mountain and Line 3).

coast's picture

I swear, this pieline thing reminds me so much of the series "Hell on Wheels"  A realistic look at how the railroad made it across the country from eawt to west, fighting indians etc....If you have not seen it, I highly suggest you do...

Billy the Poet's picture

Read this:



The Truth About the "Robber Barons"

How to Build a Railroad

Most business historians have assumed that the transcontinental railroads would never have been built without government subsidies. The free market would have failed to provide the adequate capital, or so the theory asserts. The evidence for this theory is that the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, which were completed in the years after the War Between the States, received per-mile subsidies from the federal government in the form of low-interest loans as well as massive land grants. But there need not be cause and effect here: the subsidies were not needed to cause the transcontinental railroads to be built. We know this because, just as many roads and canals were privately financed in the early nineteenth century, a market entrepreneur built his own transcontinental railroad. James J. Hill built the Great Northern Railroad "without any government aid, even the right of way, through hundreds of miles of public lands, being paid for in cash," as Hill himself stated.

coast's picture

Hell on Wheels series, explains exactly just fact, one of the railroads made their tracks go a route that took longer, because the railroad was subsidized by government per mile....thanks for the comment...

dexter_morgan's picture

Is that snake wesley clark behind this bullshit? 

Why? These Indian tribes are looking for better deals, The wind farm operators have been giving them cash, and there are plenty of pipelines running under and through reservations, and the tribes get paid handsomely for this. There are already pipelins in place that could damage water supplies. So whats different here? Seems they are running this one around them, which may be problem, no cash flow. 

Plus you have all these eco-terrorists there instigating shit and doing the violence. About 90% of those arrested so far are NOT from SD. 

So, why is Clark trying to get vets involved in this? What is he up to? I don't trust that sumbitch any farther than I can throw him.

Since when is it a veterans issue to 'protect' protesters? Especially eco-terrorists. 

I don't believe the tribal members have been violent, have they? 

This just doesn't pass the stink test to me. 

Savvy's picture

Dunno. Tribes around here regularily shut down roads and mines and exploration until they get more millions. But when your water is polluted by corp.s dumping jet fuel or nuclear waste into your waterways, when your tapwater looks like sewage, you'll be bitching about what you were just defending.

Same shit different day... okay just not in MY back yard.

dexter_morgan's picture

agreed, but what the veterans angle here. they took oaths to protect the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, not get involved in corporate and tribal business. 

What am I missing????

Stormtrooper's picture

Gosh, I don't remember that part of the oath "not get involved in corporate and tribal business" especially when it relates to protecting the Constitution (capital C for those unfamiliar with the Constitution) from all enemies, foreign and domestic, such as corporate interests over private interests.

dexter_morgan's picture

That's a ridiculous argument, but you are free to have it. The military is not supposed to be used against American citizens, so which side should they take? Corporations are a constitutional enemy? Indians are a constitutional enemy?

Fer fucks sake, this is a business deal to be negotiated amongst either party. Most of the people in DC are bigger enemies of the constitution than either party here. 

How is stopping the pipeline protecting the constitution exactly. 

I assume you have no dependence on oil? Don't drive, don't heat your home, don't buy groceries that show up at your local grocery store via oil burning vehicles?

Get a grip. 

Ms No's picture

That's a good question.  It might be to co-opt something that can come in handy down the line.  They're not in front of the pipeline anymore so the danger of a bunch of people being killed has been drastically reduced, unless they rush in there and try to disrupt it again.  After Finicum, you and I both know that they will put a lot of effort into things that may seem small.  I am sure that they have some infiltration plan to go along with whatever else they are up to.  It will come in handy down the road.  If they would've had more of them for this incident they could've framed them for terrorism.  As it was the company pulled a stunt with an employee and an assault rifle.  They botched that pretty good so they definitely could use some more agents in the group if a future need arises.  Maybe a bunch of cloaked pedophiles sitting at a mahogany table at the CIA had a meeting and decided to hatch an infiltration plan or an incident. 

amor terra's picture

Perhaps that the government(s) have been using the police and military to prop up corporate interests from the get-go, and perhaps those veterans get that such actions amount to fascism?

garcam123's picture

Maybe the forest for the trees........You have the real enemy's flag as your moniker.  The enemy in this country wears body armor and blue.  The "legal" gang with the guns........Maybe those vets want to try and preserve their way of life for thier children as opposed to a toxic cesspool created and supported by the likes of Trump and the Nazis he's nominating to his admin.

I donated to Sanders., and voted for Trump, only because he is a slightly less worse candidate than Hitlery, but I am afraid we will wind up with the same crazed police/legal murder country we had before the election except we have a less dangerous piece of shit in the office.

You think you have rights?????.......what, me, all of us got a good general fucking by the USSA,   hang on to your weapons because they are coming for them.

I predict open bloody revolt in the US before 2 years.

amor terra's picture

Isn't it funny that you think the tribes are about getting extra money when they refused the bribe of a billion dollars to "cede" their treaty lands (that the pipeline is on) back to the U.S.?  Also pretty funny that the pipeline was only routed to where it is now after the more affluent white folk of Bismarck refused to have it in their backyards.  But it's the tribes who are irresponsible?  WTF?

Ms No's picture

The pipeline will be done before long.  They can't stop it and there was never a chance that they would.  Delay yes, stop, no.  It would've been a victory if they could've had it moved.  I don't really care if Trump is invested in it or not.  Hopefully a bunch of them don't throw themselves in the river when it is finished.  The pipeline protest wasn't about being against all oil production and that is a copout that is used every time somebody dares question anything oil wants to do.  The land it is built on by law actually is theirs.  It's treaty land that was heisted.  They should've taken another route but they treat those people like shit and they enjoy doing so.  They could've gone around and were going to.  Bismarck sure as hell wasn't going to allow a pipeline that damn big upstream of their asses, they're not stupid. 

Buffet had nothing to do with this protest.  Buffet knew damn well about how much time he had to Rockefeller the Bakken oil movement.  He isn't pulling this to get a couple extra months worth of money.  That theory was always stupid.  He made a fortune and he will continue to make money but it will decrease just as he knew it would.  He isn't worried about it there is always a new scam for men like him.  For all we know Buffet could be in on the pipeline too.  It isn't Soros either.  The media hasn't covered this well at all, not the injuries on people, children or horses, there is your first clue.  How come they didn't follow that kid that got shot in the face or the woman who got her arm muscles blown off to the hospital and interview them?  Duh.  All of those oligarch assholes are tied to the Bakken somewhere, at least as far as it's end goal of helping to drown Russia and pull other global stunts.  The damn thing isn't even making money but the banks keep it rolling.  No offense to any Hedger Nodaks because some of you may not be entire wastes of life, but most of those people are ignorant and evil as fuck. 

They're the worst type of Neocon someone can be and Neocon isn't even an adequate term.  The news will lie and they will spread the lies.  While these kids get shot in the face with rubber bullets they will blather on about how the Indians are blowing shit up with weed burners.  Of course there is no evidence of them attacking cops with propane tanks.  Of course there is video evidence of company men being sent in to play protester with an assault rifle.  It's all bullshit.  Those assholes would kill all of those Indians tomorrow if they could, and I mean the people of western ND would.  I think there are a few here that would too and that's a huge disappointment.  The Nodaks have already sold their own state down the road, only they were actually thrilled with it.  Nodaks would sell their grandma down the road if the price was right. 

It would be nice to think that these vets going out there want to deliver a gesture but they likely will be full of infiltrators.  The spooks know that many of us are tired of watching people gets screwed by the government and the oligarch monopolies.  They know that these people have a way of reminding us of what righteous resistance is.  They are dangerous in this way and they will be all over them just like they were Finicum, and for the same reasons.   


0phita's picture

Wow--beautifully stated! Thanks for that...

Ms No's picture

Thanks man.  That means a lot coming from you.  I have always really enjoyed your posts.

Golden Phoenix's picture

#BoycottKelloggs Boxful of Diabetes

myth_the_fallen_lords's picture

Yeah electing a guy with vested interests in pretty much every major development project was such a good idea - hope you Trumpinistas enjoy another round of carpetbagging as The Donald and his business buddies strip away everything of value across America

Treason Season's picture

Don the Con shows his real colors now. What's fun is watching both the left and right squirm, the left because he's a creepy snake oil salesman and the right becuase they just bought the bill of goods from said creepy snake oil salesman. What will be telling is how the right reacts to betrayal. Most of the left swallowed Obie's cant for eight years so it will be interesting to watch for any possible pushback from disillusioned Trump supporters. Will they be suckered into to another hopey and changey or will the right call and show its cards. Methinks the reaction could be swift and strong but what exactly? Throw in the towel and give up on conventional politics or a real fightback against the gap between Trump's campaign promises and his disregard for them afterwards. Possible outlier outcome. Segements from both the left and right  unite to from a new third party. There's more common ground between the the two sides than suspected. Say something like the Raphel Nader/Bernie Sanders/ Dennis Kucinch crowd from the left and the Ron Paul/ David Sockman/Pat Buchanan crowd from the right form a coalition for establishing a new political party as a real alternative to the present corrupt entrenched two major political parties.

Nero_Hedge's picture

"Sanders/ Dennis Kucinch crowd from the left and the Ron Paul/ David Sockman/Pat Buchanan crowd from the right form a coalition for establishing a new political party as a real alternative to the present corrupt entrenched two major political parties."


Treason Season's picture

Thanx for the sentiment! I'm flushing the idea out now.


Ron Paul Secretary of State.


Ralph Nader  Attorney General.


Pat Buchanan Secretary of Defense


Denis Kucinch Secretary of Treasury


David Stockman Federal Reserve System President


Bernie Sanders U.N Ambassador


MaxThrust's picture

May be Trump is a fraud but one thing we know for certain is that he was not the first pick of the "DeepState"

Of course he has not even started the job yet. We will have to wait and see what he does in the 6 months after inauguration day.

Trump knows the MSM hates his guts, I am fairly certain He would not want to add another 60 million disenchanted Trump supporters.

My guess is he will do what he has said he will do. Whether he "cozy-ups" to wall street is another matter.

Wang Dang SP's picture

Below zero next week.   Bundle up you morons.

bloofer's picture

It gets hella cold up there. Once winter fully sets in, the low stays around -20 F. for a couple of months, and occasional lows of -30 F. Somewhat more rarely, it can reach -50 F. Some winters the snow is so deep it reaches the eaves of one-storey houses. People who live in the Dakotas keep a good supply of food on hand in the winter, because you can be trapped in your home for a week or so after a bad storm.

If the winter takes a bad turn, the authorites will be rescuing the demonstrators--probably at considerable expense and risk to themselves.

Ms No's picture

The thing about ND is that the weather records are extremely unreliable due to the fact that it was essentially a frontier state until recently.  It's a massive state and even now much of it is frontier.  The national weather never talks about wind chills anymore, probably because of their global warming meme.  Minot air force base is your best bet for a historical records, their records only go back so far and it is not the coldest spot.  The coldest they ever measured was -105F with wind chill.  No shit.  It's always about the wind out there and national news and weather neglects to mention that.  Here is another episode that they had.  I have literally seen it be like -35 with wind chill and the weather channel say that it was 5 degrees.  That is enough to get people killed.  The local news is backing off of wind chill coverage too.  They used to always put "feels like" next to the temps.

Late December 1983

- $2 billion damage to agriculture, mainly due to freezing temperatures in central and northern Florida.

- As measured using the old formula, wind chills reached 100 degrees below zero over much of North Dakota on Dec. 22.

- Williston, North Dakota tied its all-time record low (-50) on Dec. 23. (Check out the hourly observations from that day.)

directaction's picture

Obama will do nothing about this mess.
He wants to drag it out until January,
And then dump it on The Trump.  

Nero_Hedge's picture

So by "confirm" you actually mean "claims" right? Just how in the fuck would you "confirm" you're not biased when you have conflict of interests? I wonder, how would you have written the headline if this were Hillary?