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Trump deal for Wisconsin Foxconn factory cost taxpayers $4 billion — and it is already downsizing

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump boasted about his triumphant arrival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to celebrate the opening of the Foxconn plant, an electronics giant that’s promised to bring thousands of jobs to the state.

“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!” he tweeted.

The Foxconn plant opening has drawn skepticism from economic analysts who suggest that the $4 billion package of incentives from state and local officials is not the best use of resources.

There are also concerns that the projected job growth might be overblown.

A report in the Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel suggests that the global giant is already downsizing its plans for the Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin location. The report notes that the company is shifting gears on the type of glass screens it will produce—which means a far smaller factory and possibly far fewer jobs than initially promised.

The firm maintains that they’re committed to creating 13,000 jobs. It’s not clear why their projected job numbers differ from the President’s, who promised 15,000 jobs in his tweet.

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WATCH: Here’s the secret to dissecting Trump’s chaotic distractions

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In an extended examination on MSNBC, host Ari Melber took a hard look at how President Donald Trump creates almost daily distractions for the media and the public to keep the focus off his multiple scandals and to make it look like he is doing something -- when all he is doing is creating controversy for controversy's sake.

Put simply, Melber explained, the president's tweets out some plan he has no intention of implementing, hypes it up for days -- then drops it like it never happened.

Using Trump's aborted attack on Iran as a jumping off point, Melber -- and his panel -- explained that Trump's style of governing is based on "head fakes" and "bluffs."

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Chuck Todd’s terrible interview with fabricator-in-chief Trump snapped the tether: From here on out there’s no truth

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Nothing will ever be the same again. Donald Trump’s unwavering disregard for reality and his acts of violence against the truth are rapidly metastasizing into the marrow of the national debate. I'm not sure we have enough heroes in this country to successfully extricate Trumpism and toss it into the biohazard waste bin of history, along other embarrassments in America's mixed record.

The very fabric of right and wrong in America is disintegrating as one of our two major parties, with some crucial help from Russia, has convinced four out of every 10 voters that verifiable truth is nothing more than a fake news plot against them and their beloved Fifth Avenue Clampetts. As a result, half of the political debate, from the local level on up, is built exclusively on wrongness — on total nonsense, invented by Trump himself along with his propaganda cable network.

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Trump considering withdrawal from 68-year-old treaty with Japan: report

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President Donald Trump has been privately talking about withdrawing from the postwar defense treaty with Japan, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Trump is telling confidants the treaty is unfair to the U.S. because it promises to help if Japan was ever attacked, but doesn't require Japan to come to America's defense, the sources told Bloomberg.

So far, the president hasn't taken any step toward pulling out of the treaty, which was signed in 1951, and administration officials insist that move would be highly unlikely.

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