Trump attends Foxconn groundbreaking in Wisconsin
MOUNT PLEASANT (WLUK) -- President Donald Trump is in Wisconsin to help kick off the building process of what state leaders are calling "Wisconn Valley."
After breaking ground on Foxconn's $10 billion plant groundbreaking in Mount Pleasant, Trump took the stage, calling Foxconn the eighth wonder of the world.
"I am truly thrilled to be here in the Badger State with the hardworking men and women of Foxconn. As Foxconn has discovered, there is no better place to build, hire and grow than right here in the United States. America is open for business, and we are bringing back those four beautiful words: Made in the USA. Today’s groundbreaking is only one part of the exciting story that is playing out across our nation,” Trump said.
The Taiwan-based technology company plans to build liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels that are used in televisions and computer screens.
It's the first LCD manufacturing facility in North America.
Watch the speeches below:
Trump said the plant will be built by using American concrete and steel.
“I think we can say this is, we can say the eighth wonder of the world. This is the eighth wonder of the world," said Trump.
He congratulated those who helped bring Foxconn to Wisconsin.
“You’re very special people and a very special state," Trump said.
Gov. Scott Walker said the company will attract graduates and millennials to the area.
“This will make us a brain gain state not a brain drain state but a brain gain state as we attract more of our graduates to stay and prosper here in the state of Wisconsin," said Walker.
After Walker’s speech, Speaker Paul Ryan told the crowd Foxconn is an example of a strong and healthy economy.
“This project is going to bring a whole new sector to our state’s economy… to Wisconn valley," said Ryan. “Our best days as a state, and to my fellow Americans, our best days are ahead of us because of projects like this.”
One other highlight of the afternoon, Trump complimenting Gov. Scott Walker on his efforts to help bring Foxconn to the area. The two smiled and shook hands.
“I gave it to Scott Walker. He literally didn’t have to make a phone call to me for the last year in a half. He is a unbelievably talented guy," Trump said.
Trump also touched on a number of other topics including unemployment, trade, taxes and his newfound task in replacing a Supreme Court justice.
He also mentioned Harley-Davidson, amid his recent bashing of the Milwaukee-based company's decision to move its production overseas over tariffs.
Prior to Trump taking the stage, Gov. Walker had called Foxconn one of the largest economic development projects in the history of the country.
Walker says Foxconn will provide 13,000 jobs and add $51 billion to the state's economy over the next 15 years.
Gou thanked President Trump for attending the groundbreaking and says "[Trump] truly cares about improving the lives of the American people.”
Earlier, President Trump, Gov. Walker, Speaker Ryan and Gou, scooped dirt with golden shovels at Foxconn's future site.
The president tweeted Thursday morning about his visit to the Milwaukee area and highlighted the number of jobs Foxconn may offer.
But not everyone is happy with Foxconn's construction.
A handful of groups have organized a protest calling it "Operation: Shake the Ground!"
"Luring Foxconn to Wisconsin is the biggest mistake of Scott Walker's tenure as Governor. The factory has been promised a record-setting incentive package that will burden taxpayers for decades to come," a statement from the protest groups said in part.
The president ended his speech with a few more thank yous to the crowd.
Great honor to be with you. Good luck. Enjoy this great facility," Trump said.