"This is big for us," Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., said to the Washington Examiner in a Friday interview on the new Foxconn development. "This is bigger than big, it's super big," the governor added with a palpable sense of excitement.
"We're proud to say now these LCD displays will not only be made in America but proudly made in Wisconsin, and really it was a great team effort," Walker continued, commending President Trump for his efforts to secure the deal. "It started with the president who clearly got the attention of Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou and we followed up on it the very next day, and put a great team effort together and the rest is history," he concluded.
The Foxconn development, slated to bring up to 13,000 jobs to southeastern Wisconsin over the next six years, was formally announced in a press conference at the White House on Wednesday. On a tour of the state Friday, Walker addressed critics of the deal, quipping, "There's a whole lot of people out there scrambling to try and come up with a reason not to like this. I can tell you, that's fine but I think they can go suck lemons."
In an interview with the Washington Examiner's editorial board on Thursday, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy, a Republican who represents a district in the state's northern region, credited Walker, Trump, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for closing the deal with Gou. "It started with Trump, but Trump gave Walker the opportunity, and Walker hit the ball out of the park," Duffy said.
Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.