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Trump and Foxconn promised swing-state Wisconsin 13,000 jobs that have never materialized

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According to National Public Radio report from WUMW- Milwaukee, the much-hyped announcement from Donald Trump and Taiwanese multinational electronics company Foxconn over the creation of 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin where high-resolution LCD screens would be manufactured has been a bust so far.

The report — which can be listened to below — notes, “Two and a half years ago President Trump boasted of a plan to build a huge high-tech manufacturing plant in Wisconsin for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn. They originally promised 13,000 new jobs, but it has not gone as planned.”

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Pointing out that former Republican Gov. Scott Walker also helped lead the effort by offering the company “an enormous subsidy package topping $3 billion — the biggest ever state incentive for a foreign company —  local governments also promised to sweeten the deal but it’s been a largely bumpy ride ever since.”

“First Foxconn reduced the size of the LCD display panel that says its going to build here meaning fewer jobs. In fact, in 2018 it didn’t meet the threshold to qualify for state money. That gets us to last winter when Foxconn said they might not build a factory here after all,” WUMW reports. “President Trump got the company to do a quick about-face.” The report notes that multiple facilities are being built around the state — but the manufacturing jobs that were promised are still way off — if they are coming at all.

“Foxconn did hold a series of hiring fairs last fall,” and those who attended are still holding out hope that jobs appear.

In the meantime Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) has been working with the company to get them to live up to their job promises made when they negotiated the subsidy package with Republican Governor Walker, as a state official noted, “The company is well behind schedule and investment, hiring and things like supply chains in the number of manufacturing jobs that are associated with this project versus the original project.”

According to a recent report in Reason, the Foxconn deal has already cost the state $20 billion in lost economic growth.

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US ‘looking at’ banning TikTok and other Chinese apps: Pompeo

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, over allegations Beijing is using them to spy on users.

India has already barred the wildly popular TikTok app over national security and privacy concerns while other countries are reportedly mulling similar measures.

Asked on Monday by Fox News's Laura Ingraham if the US should consider blocking the apps -- "especially Tik Tok" -- the country's top diplomat said the Trump administration was "taking this very seriously; we are certainly looking at it."

Pompeo said the US had been working for a "long time" on the "problems" of Chinese technology in infrastructure and was "making real progress."

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Susan Collins had a 67% approval rating when Trump first took office — it’s collapsed to just 36% today

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, trails leading Democratic challenger Sara Gideon by four points in her re-election race as her support continues to sag.

Gideon, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, leads Collins 46-42 in a new Public Policy Polling survey, which sampled more than 1,000 Maine voters and has a margin of error of 3.1%.

Gideon held a similar four-point lead in a PPP poll in March and edged out Collins by a single point in a Colby College poll from February, meaning this is the third straight poll to show Collins behind. She led the race by 16 points when it was first polled in June 2019.

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Justin Trudeau is snubbing Trump for his NAFTA 2.0 celebration — here’s why

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not be joining President Donald Trump this week to celebrate the new version of NAFTA.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will meet at the White House on Wednesday to "recognize the historic United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) that entered into force on July 1, 2020, and their shared effort to ensure North America continues strengthening its economic ties while working to combat the coronavirus pandemic," according to a statement from the Trump administration.

But despite hopes that the Canadian leader would attend, Trudeau will not be coming to the United States.

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