While in Milwaukee on Tuesday, President Trump said the state’s governor, Scott Walker, may get “a very happy surprise very soon….we were negotiating with a major, major incredible manufacturer of phones and computers and televisions.”
Now it is rumored that Foxconn, the maker of iPhones and other branded devices is considering building a new factory in the U.S. to produce electronic displays. The factory could create as many as 50,000 jobs.
Three states are being mentioned as potential locations for the plant; Wisconsin, Michigan, and less prominently, Pennsylvania. Wisconsin is receiving the bulk of the attention.
Notice anything about those states on the map of 2016 electoral college voting below? All three were “Blue Wall” defectors that voted for Trump in 2016, setting up his win.
Don’t expect this Foxconn factory to be the last new manufacturing plant the Trump administration attracts to the Rust Belt states which put him in office. Trump has made a point of checking off his campaign promises.
The Midwestern voters who put him in office are the most important constituents he has, and the biggest promise he made to them was to put them back to work.
Timothy O. Jones
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