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Trump takes credit for Foxconn, steals Walker's thunder

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MADISON (WKOW) --  Governor Scott Walker and seven other governors met with President Donald Trump to discuss a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan, but the conversation took an unexpected turn to Foxconn.

While Wisconsin badly needs funds to help fix crumbling roads, the president stole some of Walker’s thunder. He took credit for bringing the company to the United States.

“It’s a fantastic thing and everyone wanted Foxconn,” Trump said. “Frankly, they weren't going to come to this country. I hate to say it, if I didn't get elected they wouldn't be in this country. I think you (Walker) know that very well."

Walker's spokesperson Amy Hansenberg released the follow statement after the news:

“President Trump's leadership and pro-manufacturing agenda set the stage and the tone for this project and for companies looking to move and expand into the United States."

"Foxconn chose to create 13,000 good-paying, family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin over every other state in the nation for many reasons including our strong workforce, education system, and growing economy."

With Walker being on the campaign trail, he mentions to voters that Foxconn is one of his biggest accomplishments, even if the president takes credit for it.

What stands in the way of getting federal funding is state lawmakers deciding how to raise money on their end. Walker says there's a possibility to raise the gas tax, but only if there is an equal or greater deduction in the overall tax burden. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald thinks the solution is installing tollways on the interstates.


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