MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Latest on President Trump's trip to North Dakota and Wisconsin to attend a series of rallies and fundraising events (all times local):
President Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have grabbed a pair of golden shovels and moved piles of dirt under the hot June sun as part of a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Foxconn Technology Group project.
They stood in front of a massive American flag held aloft by a pair of construction cranes Thursday.
Trump and Walker were joined by Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the first Wisconsin Foxconn employee Christopher Murdock for the ceremony.
Miles away in downtown Mount Pleasant protesters, including Democrats hoping to unseat Walker this fall, gathered to disavow the project — particularly its impact on the environment and the $4.5 billion in potential taxpayer subsidies to the Taiwan-based company.
But Walker and backers say the project will be transformational for the state's economy.
President Donald Trump is attending a pair of fundraising events in Milwaukee benefiting a joint effort between the Republican Party and his re-election campaign.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel attended the separate round-table and breakfast events. Both are closed to news media coverage and are being held at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, where Trump spent a rare weeknight away from the White House.
Afterward, Trump was participating in a ceremonial ground-breaking for a new $10 billion Foxconn facility, located in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.
Taiwan-based Foxconn is the world's largest electronics manufacturer and assembles Apple iPhones and other products for tech companies.
Trump is also expected to tour an existing Foxconn facility there and make remarks before returning to Washington.
President Donald Trump has urged North Dakota voters to defeat "liberal Democrat" Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, although she is a moderate who strays at times from Democratic positions.
At an appearance Wednesday in Fargo, Trump called for the election of Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, one of his staunchest allies in Congress.
Heitkamp is one of the Senate's most vulnerable Democrats seeking re-election, so she is firmly in Republican sights looking toward November.
But Heitkamp is considered a moderate and one of the least reliably partisan Democratic votes in the Senate. She's largely backed the oil-rich state's corporate interests on energy and has opposed some restrictions on guns. She voted to confirm 21 of Trump's 26 Cabinet-level nominations.