President Trump helps break ground on Foxconn facility
MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. (CBS 58) -- President Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have grabbed a pair of golden shovels and moved piles of dirt under the hot June sun as part of a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Foxconn Technology Group project.
They stood in front of a massive American flag held aloft by a pair of construction cranes Thursday.
Trump and Walker were joined by Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the first Wisconsin Foxconn employee Christopher Murdock for the ceremony.
I am in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for meetings. Soon to leave for a big groundbreaking for Foxconn, which is building a great new electronics plant in Wisconsin. 15,000 Jobs, so great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
Miles away in downtown Mount Pleasant protesters, including Democrats hoping to unseat Walker this fall, gathered to disavow the project — particularly its impact on the environment and the $4.5 billion in potential taxpayer subsidies to the Taiwan-based company.
Thanks to the @POTUS for joining as we broke ground for the largest economic development project in Wisconsin history & one of the largest in American history! ??— Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) June 28, 2018
But Walker and backers say the project will be transformational for the state's economy.