Foxconn CEO Terry Gou is headed to the White House for a meeting, but it’s unclear why.
Gou recently said he’s stepping down as CEO to run for president of Taiwan, because the Sea Goddess Mazu came to him in a dream.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says Gou was meeting with President Donald Trump, but he didn’t know exactly what they were talking about. He wasn’t invited to attend the meeting. Nobody from Wisconsin was invited.
In Wisconsin, Foxconn was initially committed to investing $10 billion in the state, building a display screen manufacturing facility, and the company would employ up to 13,000 people.
Those promises have since been scaled back in some ways. But, if Foxconn comes through, it will reap over $4 billion in state and local tax benefits. The deal is the largest incentive package given to a foreign company in U.S. history.
Evers however, has said Foxconn asked to rewrite that contract.
Foxconn said in a statement today of the White House meeting that it “regularly engages with its stakeholders in state and federal government.” Foxconn says details of such interactions can’t be disclosed for privacy reasons.
Trump was in Green Bay over the weekend holding a rally. Before the rally, his campaign press secretary said Evers needs to be more optimistic and hopeful about Foxconn hiring 13,000. Evers has said with all the changes and contract renegotiation, it will be hard to hit that benchmark.
Trump spoke for over an hour and a half at the Resch Center on Saturday. He failed to mention the Foxconn project but touched on the issue of manufacturing jobs in general.