<img itemprop = "url" src = "https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/04/17/PMJS/9a786eac-ada9-4937-a272-4dafdf35e517-MJS_trump_18_hoffman.jpg_trump.JPG ? width = 540 & height = & fit = bounds & auto = webp "alt =" President Donald Trump (second from left) is with Gov. Scott Walker (left), Foxcon's chairman Tery Gou and House Speaker Paul Ryan (right) June 28, 2018 under the ceremonial pioneer for Foxconn's factory in Mount Pleasant.

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President Donald Trump (left-hand side) is with Gov. Scott Walker (left), Foxcon's chairman Tery Gou and House Speaker Paul Ryan (right) 28 June 201

8, during the ceremonial breakthrough for Foxconn factory in Mount Pleasant. (Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

ASHWAUBENON – President Donald Trump wants George Evers to be more "optimistic and hopeless" at Foxconn will bring 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin, his press secretary said on Saturday.

Evers and Foxconn are in talks to make changes to an agreement between the company and Wisconsin taxpayers who pay Foxconn $ 3 billion in government grants in exchange for a $ 10 billion production facility in southeastern Wisconsin and the creation of up to 13,000 jobs. 19659006] But Evers has said over the past few weeks that he doesn't think Foxconn will beat the hiring goal and the company has asked to rewrite the contract it has with the state. Gouverneur has also driven the idea that the job placement rules may be too high.

"I don't know why he's not optimistic and hoping that 13,000 jobs would come to Wisconsin," said Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary of the Trumps 2020 campaign, said Saturday in an interview with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We urge the democratic governor to work with the Republicans, work with the president, work with Foxconn to ensure that these jobs come here because this is an agreement that was constructed by President Trump, and we hope that the democratic governor would be on the board to see it through. "

Evers spokeswoman was not immediately available Saturday.

McEnany's comments come just a few hours before Trump is scheduled to talk to thousands in the Green Bay area – the president's first rally as a candidate for re-election.

The conversation goes the same week as questions began to swing over the likelihood of Foxcon's planned goal of hiring 13,000 workers in Wisconsin as part of the plans to build the company's first US manufacturing plant in Racine County. [19659006] On Tuesday, Evers issued a letter he wrote to a top officer with the Taiwanese technological gigantic statement Foxconn began to change the state's contract with the company and not Evers, as the republic a legislator had proposed after Evers said he wanted to reshape the deal. [19659000] RELATED: Foxconn initiated steps to change state contract, Count Tony Evers says

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In a statement that responded to Evers & # 39; letter, Foxconn said the company has never "wavered from our obligation to the contract with the state of Wisconsin and the creation of 13,000 jobs as part of our broader effort to make the Badger state a global technology change. "

The company said officials have engaged in "both routine engagement and good faith discussions with Evers Administration on flexibility within the existing agreement to ensure that the company and our workforce will be positioned for long-term success."

But Foxconn- officials also suggested that they did not attempt to make changes to the contract's expectations of employment and capital investment.

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Evers has said he wants the Foxconn project to succeed in a way that also protects taxpayers. He hasn't yet said what kind of changes he wants to make to the contract.

The potential changes come after Foxconn's plans for the Wisconsin facility have shifted from building a Generation 10.5 plant to a generation 6 plant, which will produce smaller LCD panels.

Foxconn's Impact on Trump

Uncertainty about the Foxconn project may have implications for Trump in Wisconsin.

The president has been at the center of the Foxconn project since the deal was first struck between former governments. Scott Walker and Foxconn Chairman and CEO Terry Gou.

It was announced at a White House news conference in 2017, and Trump participated in the pioneering of the Mount Pleasant facility in 2018.

It proposed to the president that the campus would be the world's eighth world champion and would be a symbol of a production revival in Midwest during his presidency.

And in February there was a discussion with Trump that Foxconn officials credited their decision to proceed with a production campus during the reporting, that the company was in the process of rethinking its plans or suspending operations in its entirety.

"Foxconn was constructed by this president," McEnany said. "He was very important to himself."

McEnany said the project remains "tremendously important" to Trump, and that he "remains committed to making sure they are here, and I think Foxconn does so with a promise to take 13,000 jobs."

Contact Molly Beck at the Capitol Bureau at (608) 258-2263 or at molly.beck@jrn.com. Follow her on Twitter at @MollyBeck .

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