Pres. Trump delivers remarks at Foxconn groundbreaking ceremony

Darnell Taylor
June 30, 2018

"America is open for business".

His 35-minute speech veered to his upcoming Supreme Court pick to the 2020 campaign and finally, to his rift with Harley-Davidson, which is moving some production overseas and blaming President Trump's trade policy.

Trump's comments came at a groundbreaking for a massive $10 billion factory complex being built in Harley's home state by the Taiwanese company Foxconn.

But the $10 billion plant faces continuing skepticism over the almost $4 billion package of incentives that state and local officials paid out to lure the Taiwan-based company to the area a half hour south of Milwaukee.

"This really starts to identify Wisconsin and the metro Milwaukee area as home to a new digital technology that's not being manufactured in the United States, so we see significant follow-on investment and the ability to develop a new digital economy", Sheehy says. "We'll get you nice hats". "Don't get cute. They don't realize their taxes are coming way down, they don't realize that yet".

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A 2017 report from the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau said the state's investment may not begin to pay off until 2043.

Walker said "this will make us a brain gain state, not a brain drain state". Gou specifically chose the state of Wisconsin after being pressured to do so by Trump and Ryan, whose district stands to benefit from the plant.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel attended the separate round-table and breakfast events. "I spent a lot of time with them".

Foxconn is the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer and assembles Apple iPhones and other products for tech companies.

The 20 million-square-foot plant is expected to initially employ 3,000 workers and eventually expand to employ up to 13,000.

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