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Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama would veto Republican-sponsored legislation authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada if it passes the new Congress, the White House said Tuesday.

“I would not anticipate that the president would sign this piece of legislation,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Republicans, assuming control of both house of Congress as of Tuesday, have vowed to approve the controversial pipeline project which would move Canadian heavy oil across the United States to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

Obama has opposed the pipeline on environmental grounds, while Republicans say it would generate jobs.

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"Performative patriotism" is a fancy way of describing what my father — a veteran of World War II who rarely spoke about his service — called "jelly-bellied flag flappers." Dad always laughed at those phonies, but we now suffer a president who is exactly that type, only worse. And Donald Trump's flag-flapping fakery is no joke.

A performative patriot is someone who, like Trump, oversells his supposed love of country, his reverence for the Stars and Stripes and, especially, his indignation at those whom he suspects of lacking his deep fervor. Such a figure will, like Trump, attempt to market these counterfeit emotions for his own benefit. And like Trump, that loud jingo is someone whose character will lead to a betrayal of American values.

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