WE KNOW, WE KNOW IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A CASE FOR A WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST YOU HAVE TO PRESENT AIRTIGHT EVIDENCE LIKE THIS VIEL, FULL OF SWEET N LOW, THIS MEETING CAME AFTER THEADMINISTRATION SENT AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, A BOMBER GROUP AND OTHER WARSHIPS IT TO THE PERSIAN GULF REGION.THEY WERE DEPLOYED FROM THEIR PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT PATROLLING THE MEXICAN BORDER.THEN, THEN THE ACTING DEFENSE SECRETARY WENT TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND PRESENTED AN UPDATED MILITARY PLAN THAT ENVISIONEDSENDING AS MANY AS 120,000 TROOPS TO THE MIDDLE EAST. RISING TENSIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AMERICAN MILITARY MOVE TO THE REGION BASED ON QUESTIONABLE INTELLIGENCE, THE WORST THROWBACK THURSDAY EVER.(LAUGHTER) AND, (APPLAUSE) AND I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO FEELS THIS WAY. SO DOES DONALD TRUMP. ACCORDING TO SOURCES IN THE WHITE HOUSE, HE IS NOT COMFORTABLE WITH ALL THIS REGIME CHANGE TALK. WHICH TO HIS EARS ECOS THE DISCUSSION OF REMOVING IRAQI PRESIDENT SADDAM HUSSEIN BEFORE THE 2003 U.S. INVASION. I’M JUST GOING TO SAY THIS AND I KNOW IT WILL NEVER BE USED OUTOF CONTEXT, THANK GOD DONALD TRUMP IS OUR PRESIDENT. (LAUGHTER) TRUMP IS — BECAUSE IN THIS CASE TRUMP IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT HERE.(LAUGHTER) TRUMP IS — BECAUSE IN THIS CASE TRUMP IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT HERE. AND IF ANYONE KNOWS HOW NOT TO GO TO WAR, IT IS DONALD TRUMP.(LAUGHTER) ACCORDING TO, ACCORDING TO ADMINISTRATION SOURCES TRUMP PREFERS A DIPLOMATIC APPROACH TO RESOLVING TENSIONS AND WANTS TO SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH IRAN’SLEADERS.GREAT, TRUMP WILL GET A CHANCE TO BREAK OUT HIS DIPLOMATIC CHARMS WHEN HE MEETS AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI.ST A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU MUSLIM WIZARD.(LAUGHTER) REALLY NICE, I LIKE THE PLACE.MR. DUMBLEDORE OF THE DESERT, PLEASE DON’T PUT A SPELL ON ME.I COME IN PEACE.NOW LET’S SEE THAT FLYING CARPET, WHERE WE GOT THAT.OH, WHOLE NEW WORLD, A NEW FANTASTIC DON’T YOU DARE CLOSEYOUR EYES.♪ CARPET OVER THERE.APPARENTLY THE OFFICIAL PUSHING THIS WAR IS NATIONAL SECURITYADVISOR AND CARTOON BEAVER ASKING YOU TO LITTER JOHNBOLTON.BOLTON HAS ADVOCATED REGIME CHANGE IN IRAQ, LIBYA, SYRIA, NORTH KOREA, VENEZUELA AND IRAN.IT IT IS ALL PROMOTING HIS BUSINESS QUAGMIRES ARE US.I WANNA BLOW EM ALL UP, I’M A QUAGMIRE KID, THERE’S A MILLION BOMBS THAT I COULD DROP TO KILL THEM ALL WITH.(APPLAUSE) NOW MORE PLANES, MORE BOMBS.♪ SO WHO IS GOING TO WIN THIS ARGUMENT?THE PRESIDENT OR HIS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR.IT’S HARD TO TESM THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED ABOUT IT THIS MORNING.>> MR. PRESIDENT, ARE WE GOING TO WAR WITH>> I HOPE NOT.(LAUGHTER) I HOPE NOT BUT NO ONE COULD(LAUGHTER) I HOPE NOT BUT NO ONE COULDPREDICT WHAT THAT MAGIC EIGHT BALL IS GOING TO TELL ME NEXT.TRUMP DENY THERE IS ANY CONFLICT ABOUT THE POSSIBLE CONFLICT WITHIRAN TWEETING THE FAKE NEWS “WASHINGTON POST” AND EVEN MOREFAKE NEWS “NEW YORK TIMES,” ARE WRITING STORIES THAT THERE ISIN-FIGHTING WITH RESPECT TO MY STRONG POLICY IN THE MIDDLEEAST.THERE IS NO IN-FIGHTING WHATSOEVER DOT DOT DOT DOT DOTDOT DOT.DIFFERENT OPINIONS ARE EXPRESSED AND I MAKE A DECISIVE AND FINALDECISION, IT IS A VERY SIMPLE PROCESS, ALL SIDES, VIEWS ANDPOLICIES ARE COVERED.I AM SURE THAT IRAN WILL WANT TO TALK SOON, K, THINGS ARE PROCEEDING SMOOTHLY.EVERYONE GETS A CHANCE TO LAY OUT THEIR OPINION AND THEN IIGNORE THEM ALL AND IT’S BACK TO MR. EIGHT BALL.HERE WE GO HERE WE GO.HERE WE GO.KEEP SAYING EIGHT, I DON’T UNDERSTAND.(LAUGHTER) NOW THEY HAVEN’T REALLYCOMMUNICATED THEIR RATIONALE FOR WAR WITH IRAN TO THE AMERICANPEOPLE.OR THE– PART LEIGH BECAUSE THERE HAS NOT BEEN AN OFFICIALBRIEFING FROM THE PENTAGON SPOKESMAN IN ALMOST A YEAR.BUT WITH THIS LOOMING CONFRONTATION, WHAT THEY BELIEVEIS GOING TO BE AGAINST A BURGEONING NUCLEAR POWER THEADMINISTRATION TOOK ACTION.HE HAD SENT OUT GENE SIMMONS.(LAUGHTER) THAT’S NOT A MOCK-UP 6789 AND IJUST WANT TO SAY WHAT THE HELL, WE’RE ON THE BRINK OF A WAR ANDGENE SIMMONS IS AT THE PENTAGON PODIUM?THAT IS RIDICULOUS.YOU COULDN’T GET KID ROCK?
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MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis.—Six miles west of Lake Michigan lies a cleared building site half again as big as Central Park, ready for Foxconn Technology Group’s $10 billion liquid-crystal-display factory.
Contractors have bulldozed about 75 homes in Mount Pleasant and cleared hundreds of farmland acres. Crews are widening Interstate 94 from Milwaukee to the Illinois state line to accommodate driverless trucks and thousands of employees. Village and county taxpayers have borrowed around $350 million so far to buy land and make infrastructure improvements, from burying sewer pipes to laying storm drains.
One thing largely missing: Foxconn.
President Trump and Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou hatched the factory plan in 2017, and both attended last summer’s gold-shovel groundbreaking in Mount Pleasant, 20 miles south of Milwaukee.
As of Dec. 31, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant, famous as an AppleInc. supplier, had spent only $99 million, 1% of its pledged investment, according to its latest state filings. The company projected as many as 2,080 in-state employees by the end of 2019 but had fewer than 200 at last year’s end, state filings show. The village is still awaiting factory building plans for review. Locals said Foxconn contractors have recently been scarce on the site.
The impact on Mount Pleasant, by contrast, is palpable. Its debt rating has slipped. Local politics has become fraught. Neighbors have fallen out over land seizures.
“At some point we’re talking about things that are just imaginary,” said Nick Demske, a commissioner in Racine County, where the plant is. “We’re pretending.”
.. The Foxconn project is among the biggest U.S. public-incentive deals ever offered to a foreign company, a more than $4 billion package of state and local tax breaks and investments. A Foxconn video last year showed renderings of a futuristic campus resembling Apple’s spaceshiplike Silicon Valley headquarters, with light rail shuttling workers. Foxconn said the video was for illustration purposes.
.. Foxconn, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., is the main assembler of Apple’s iPhone and a major employer in China. It reported annual revenue of $5.29 trillion New Taiwan dollars (US$171 billion today) in 2018 and said profits have been under pressure from lower iPhone sales in China.
Foxconn had planned to make large state-of-the-art screens in Mount Pleasant but said last summer it would make small screens of an older technology instead, citing the distance from the Asia supply chain after Corning Inc. said it wouldn’t build a glass facility next door.
In January, Foxconn said it was backing out of the plan to build an LCD factory in the village, citing high U.S. labor and material costs. Days later, after a phone call between Mr. Trump and Mr. Gou, Foxconn reversed course and said it would go ahead with the facility making small screens, adding some other functions.