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President Trump arrives in Milwaukee as Harley overshadows Foxconn groundbreaking

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- President Donald Trump is in Milwaukee to announce the groundbreaking of a $10 billion facility he helped bring to Wisconsin.

He's also been slamming Milwaukee-based Harley Davidson for the last three days on Twitter. Today, he learned he must appoint a new Supreme Court Justice.

Less than a year ago, President Donald Trump announced the largest ever foreign investment in US manufacturing.

"It will be about the biggest there is anywhere. For southeast Wisconsin, this is an absolute gamechanger."

But just before the groundbreaking, Harley Davidson announced they will move some operations overseas due to retaliation tariffs from President Trump's foreign policy.

"I'm really disappointed that Harley is moving operations overseas. It is an American company. It is, you know a staple, a brand that is really important to this country," said Cathy Myers, Democratic candidate for Congress.

Trump has launched negative tweets at Harley Davidson every day since the announcement. Tweeting that they quit, they will be taxed like never before and today that he won't forget and neither will competitors.

Former Harley Executive Clyde Fessler said the move won't hurt the company. "The soul of Harley-Davidson is still it's an American brand, it's an American icon."

UWM Professor Emeritus Glen Jeansonne says the controversy is hanging over the President's Foxconn visit. 

"Well, it's certainly going to dampen it. I mean it's not good timing for him," said Glen Jeansonne.

President Trump will stay at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee on Wednesday. He will then reportedly attend a fundraiser at the hotel on Thursday morning followed by the Foxconn groundbreaking.

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story. 

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