Foxconn to build factory in Wisconsin after Trump intervened

President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE personally intervened with a Taiwan-based manufacturer to convince the company to build a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, after the company said this week it was rethinking its plans to open the new facility.
 
In a statement Friday, Foxconn said Trump had spoken with company chairman Terry Gou, and that the company would open a fabrication facility at its base in Wisconsin after all.
 
“We have undertaken the evaluation while simultaneously seeking to broaden our investment across Wisconsin far beyond our original plans to ensure the company, our workforce, the local community, and the state of Wisconsin will be positioned for long-term success,” the company said.
 
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President Trump confirmed the conversation with Gou in a tweet, writing: "Great news on Foxconn in Wisconsin after my conversation with Terry Gou!"
 
 
Foxconn rocked Wisconsin political circles earlier this week when a senior executive told Reuters that plans to open a manufacturing facility were being reconsidered. 
 
The Republican-controlled state legislature last year approved $4 billion in incentives to attract the company to Racine County in exchange for creating up to 13,000 jobs.
 
Opponents of that proposal called it a massive corporate giveaway and warned that Foxconn would be unlikely to deliver so many jobs.
 
Trump and then-Gov. Scott Walker (R) celebrated the deal to bring new jobs to Wisconsin. Trump attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility in June.
 
Even after the Foxconn executive, Louis Woo, told Reuters the company was reconsidering its investment, Foxconn insisted it would meet its 13,000-job target.
 
But the reports immediately sparked a political war in Wisconsin, where Republican leaders laid the blame at new Gov. Tony Evers’s (D) feet.
 
“We don’t blame Foxconn for altering plans in an ever-changing technology business. It’s also not surprising Foxconn would rethink building a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin under the Evers administration,” state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) said in a joint statement Wednesday. “The company is reacting to the wave of economic uncertainty that the new governor has brought with his administration.”
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin, a project of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, called the Republican statement “not only wrong, but ridiculous.”
 
Evers’s administration said it had been in contact with Foxconn, and that it was keeping a close eye on the evolving project.
 
“The governor has always said that protecting Wisconsin taxpayers, the local communities that have already made significant investments in this project and our environment are his chief concerns,” said Joel Brennan, the secretary-designate of the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
 
-- Updated at 1:57 p.m.