In Wisconsin visit, Trump praises Foxconn factory and again warns Harley-Davidson

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时间:2018-08-09 单词数:3050

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President Donald Trump on Thursday used a groundbreaking ceremony for Foxconn Technology Group’s Wisconsin plant to tout American manufacturing.


Foxconn’s planned $10 billion manufacturing complex in the southeastern Wisconsin town of Mount Pleasant is an example of the “exciting story playing out across the country,” Trump told a crowd of hundreds.


But while Trump praised the Taiwanese electronics giant’s plans for a factory that will produce liquid crystal displays as “the eighth wonder of the world,” he had harsher words for another manufacturer, located just 25 miles north: Harley-Davidson. Earlier this week, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle-maker said it plans to shift some production overseas, a decision it attributed to the consequences of the president’s trade policies.


“Please build those beautiful motorcycles here in the USA again. Don’t get cute with us,” Trump said, warning, “Your customers won’t be happy if you don’t.”


Celebrating the Foxconn groundbreaking against the backdrop of Harley-Davidson’s news feels “a little schizophrenic,” Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, acknowledged Wednesday. “It’s akin to the president helping bring a new guest to the dinner party while stepping on the toes of someone already at the party,” Sheehy said. Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with taxes ’like never before’ and eventual collapse.


But he said he’s hopeful the trade dispute will be resolved, and he remains confident Wisconsin’s “calculated investment” in its economic future, in the form of the Foxconn deal, is going to pay off. Wisconsin voters are more divided. About 46 percent of registered voters think the state is paying more than the plant is worth, while 40 percent think it will provide at least equal value, according to a recent Marquette University Law School poll. Most voters think the Foxconn plant will boost the Milwaukee-area economy, but statewide only 29 percent think their local businesses will benefit.