President Donald Trump said Tuesday that increasing the number of jobs in the United States, like those promised for Wisconsin by Taiwanese electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, could have a “tremendous impact” on race relations in the country.
“The car companies coming in, with you know, Foxconn, if we continue to create jobs at levels that I am creating jobs, I think that’s going to have a tremendous impact — a positive impact — on race relations,” Trump told reporters at Trump Tower in New York City. “Because people are going to be working, they’re going to be making a lot of money — much more money than they ever thought possible.”
Trump’s comments came days after he received backlash for not condemning hate groups by name on Saturday after deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a protest by white supremacist groups over the dismantling of a statue of Robert E. Lee.
Trump, instead, criticized violence on “many sides,” which drew pressure from Republicans and Democrats to call out the groups that incited the violence.
On Monday, the president said neo-Nazis, white supremacists and members of the KKK who take part in violence were “criminals and thugs.” At Tuesday’s press conference, Trump said he did not immediately call out the groups because he needed more information.
Foxconn and Gov. Scott Walker have signed an agreement that would bring up to 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin through the creation of a 20 million-square-foot plant that creates LCD panels. Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has said he wants to invest $10 billion in the campus, and Walker has proposed giving the company $3 billion in incentives to build it.