Actress and activist Jane Fonda denounced President Donald Trump as ‘predator-in-chief’ during a protest in New York on Tuesday against his decision to renew construction of two controversial pipelines.
Fonda, 79, was one of hundreds of people gathered in front of the Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York’s Columbus Circle on Tuesday.
The protest was called after Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday ordering the resumption of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects – both of which were frozen by the Obama administration.
‘He does this illegally because he has not gotten consent from the tribes through whose countries this goes,’ Fonda was quoted as saying by the New York Daily News.
‘The US has agreed to treaties that require them to get the consent of the people who are affected, the indigenous people who live there.’
Fonda has a long history of political activism – some of it controversial.
In July 1972, Fonda, who was protesting America’s involvement in the Vietnam War, was photographed seated on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun during a visit to Hanoi.
The images of a smiling Fonda surrounded by North Vietnamese troops who were fighting the Americans angered many at home who denounced her as a traitor.
Fonda would later express regret for the photo.
Nonetheless, she has remained active in political and environmental matters.
Fonda also turned out for last Saturday’s massive Women’s March in Washington, DC.
Trump on Tuesday said that the renewed construction plans would result in ‘a lot of jobs, 28,000 jobs, great construction jobs.’
Part of that prediction involves a third executive order, declaring that pipes manufactured moving forward for both projects must be made in America ‘like we used in the old days.’
‘I am very insistent that if we’re going to build pipelines in the United States, the pipes should be made in the United States,’ Trump said during his signing ceremony.
‘Much pipeline is bought from other countries,’ the president noted, but ‘from now on we’re going to start making pipeline in the United States.’
‘We build it in the United States, we build the pipelines, we want to build the pipeline. We’re gonna put a lot of workers, a lot of steel workers back to work.’
Trump quipped in an understatement as he signed the Keystone project’s resurrection papers that it is ‘something that’s been in dispute.’
‘And it’s subject to a renegotiation of terms by us. We are going to renegotiate some of the terms, and if they’d like, we’ll see if we can get that pipeline built.’