Trump hails ‘America First’ at Wisconsin plant site

US President Donald Trump (second from right), shown touring a Foxconn project which he touted as a result of his "America First" agenda

Mount Pleasant (United States) (AFP) – US President Donald Trump hailed his “America First” economic policies on Thursday, claiming credit in Wisconsin for a massive plant opening with foreign investment.

“Moments ago we broke ground on a plant that will provide jobs for much more than 13,000 Wisconsin workers,” he said at a ceremony celebrating the inauguration of Taiwan electronics giant Foxconn’s new factory. 

“This is just the beginning. This is one of the largest plants in the world.”

Trump said his policies to lower taxes and reduce regulatory red tape have made the US economy more attractive to business investment.

“Today we see the results of the pro-American agenda, America first,” Trump said of the multi-billion dollar Foxconn investment.

The company will build large television displays at the factory in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, a state Trump won in the presidential election in November 2016.

Trump has used the project, which has benefited from huge tax incentives, as a symbol of US industrial renewal.

But that message is undercut by the recent announcement by Harley-Davidson, an iconic American brand headquartered a few miles (kilometers) away, also in Wisconsin. 

The motorcycle manufacturer this week announced plans to shift some production overseas to get around European tariffs imposed in retaliation for US duties on steel and aluminum.

Trump has lambasted the company since the announcement.

“Harley-Davidson should stay 100% in America, with the people that got you your success,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “We won’t forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!”