Donald Trump says he would approve Keystone XL, but with new deal and piece of the profits

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Donald Trump smiles as he stands with 22 delegates from North Dakota to the Republican National Convention.

CALGARY — The U.S. environmental movement’s biggest win yet, the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, could be history if Donald Trump takes the White House in November.

The Republican presidential candidate confirmed Thursday he would approve TransCanada Corp.’s proposed oil pipeline to link Alberta’s oilsands to refineries in the U.S. Gulf, but on different terms.

“I would absolutely approve it, 100 percent, but I would want a better deal,” Trump told reporters at a press conference in Bismarck, N.D., where he was scheduled to give a speech to an oil conference on the energy policies he would pursue.

“I want it built, but I want a piece of the profits,” Trump said. “That’s how we’re going to make our country rich again.”

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