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The GOP governor got help from Trump on Thursday when the two appeared together in the White House.

"Scott Walker, you know who that is, right?" Trump said as he shook hands with Foxconn's special adviser Chris "Tank" Murdoch. "He's building the most incredible plant you've seen in Wisconsin, is not it, Scott?"

Murdoch said that Foxconn "brings back an industry back to America that has not been here for at least 30 years, which has advanced electronics manufacturing, and we will bring that to southeastern Wisconsin."

The ceremony on Thursday He focused on job creation and worker training, but also gave Walker and Trump a chance to bring Foxconn back into the national light. At the event, representatives of Foxconn and about two dozen other companies and professional bodies signed a promise to workers.

But the White House incident was an unpleasant time for Trump and Walker because of extensive investigations into Russian interference in politics.

Trump has set members of his own party on fire because he had downplayed Russian interference at his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Week.

And Walker had to explain how he was photographed in 2015 with a woman who is now being accused of being a Russian agent. (Walker said he briefly talked to the woman when she and another Russian approached him at a 2015 National Rifle Association convention to get their photo with him, as did many of his followers.)


Gov. Scott Walker thanked President Donald Trump for his efforts to land Foxconn for Wisconsin.

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Also on Thursday, Democratic US Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin was among the co-sponsors of the bipartisan DETER Act, which would sanction Russia for future elections. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) And Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) Presented the draft.

Baldwin said, "Russia's interference in our elections can not be ignored or ignored, and Congress has a responsibility to take action and to pay those who would charge American democracy."

The Democrats used Trump as a Walker "to my favorites," noting that Trump had destroyed Walker in the past even when they were both

TJ Helmstetter, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, claimed Walker was putting his political interests above those of the state.

"Walker may be a" favorite "of Trump, but Wisconsin are ready for change after eight long years of Walker's failures," Helmstetter said in a statement.

Members of the Congress – including Rep. Sean Duffy of northern Wisconsin – and members of Trump's Cabinet attended the White House. Walker was the only governor there.

Foxconn has said it would invest as much as $ 10 billion in its Mount Pleasant plant and create up to 13,000 jobs.

Walker has portrayed the plan as one that will change Wisconsin's economy, while the Democrats consider it a bad business. They said the company would not create nearly as many jobs as it says.

Eight Democrats are running on August 14 to challenge Walker this fall, and all are against the Foxconn deal. One of them, former Democratic Party leader Matt Flynn, said he would complain on his first day as governor to end the deal, focusing on the issue in an ad scheduled to start on Friday.

Foxconn is mixed. In a Marquette University Law School poll on Wednesday, 46% said that the state pays more to bring the business to Wisconsin than it's worth, while 39% believe that the state gets at least that much value from the factory how he invests it.

The biggest problem for Walker is what people believe the deal means in their area. Only 30% of respondents believed that this would directly benefit businesses in the area where they lived, while 58% thought they would not.

These views are more pronounced outside of southeastern Wisconsin. For example, 72% of respondents in northwest Wisconsin believed that development would not benefit businesses in their region. In the Green Bay area, 62% felt that way.

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To counteract these attitudes, Walker has encouraged Foxconn's plans to build offices in other parts of the state. On Monday he stopped in Eau Claire to announce that the company would create 150 jobs there. Last month, he announced a similar announcement in Green Bay for a center expected to create 200 jobs.

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