President Trump's Wisconsin visit promotes manufacturing

Posted at 10:22 AM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 02:57:37-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairwoman Martha Laning says President Donald Trump coming to the state to talk about the importance of manufacturing jobs is one thing, but fulfilling his campaign promises is another.

Trump plans to talk about the economy and the value of American jobs during a stop Tuesday at tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha.

Laning said Monday that Trump is "full of empty promises" on job creation. She says, "We are going to hold him accountable to the promises he made."

Laning says the Republican agenda under Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin has hurt the economy and she worries that Trump will do no better.

Wisconsin's unemployment is at a 17-year low, but neighboring states have been adding jobs at a higher rate.


2 p.m.

President Donald Trump plans to tout his "buy American, hire American" agenda during a stop at a tool manufacturing headquarters in Wisconsin.

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that the president will deliver that message during his stop at Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha. Spicer calls Snap-on "a prime example of a company that builds American made tools with American workers, for U.S. taxpayers."

Snap-on is based in Wisconsin but operates around the world. According to its website the company has eight manufacturing sites in North America and employs 11,000 people worldwide.

Snap-on said in a statement it hopes the visit highlights "the essential nature of American manufacturing to our nation's future."


1:45 p.m.

Gov. Scott Walker says he plans to talk with President Donald Trump about the problem Wisconsin dairy farmers are having selling their milk.

Trump is coming to Snap-on Inc. in Kenosha on Tuesday to talk about the economy. But Walker said Monday he looks forward to speaking privately with Trump about a trade issue that's hurting the state's dairy farmers.

State and federal officials from Wisconsin have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take action to help dairy farmers hurt by Canada's decision to impose duties on imports of a product called ultra-filtered milk.

Shipments of ultra-filtered milk, which is used in cheese-making, had been duty free until recently, after Canadian milk producers objected.

Canada's decision leaves about 75 Wisconsin dairy farmers with no market.


10 a.m.

President Donald Trump heads to House Speaker Paul Ryan's congressional district in Wisconsin facing low approval ratings and in the wake of his failure to fulfill a campaign promise to repeal and replace the federal health care law.

Trump is scheduled to give comments Tuesday at the Kenosha headquarters of the tool manufacturer Snap-On Inc.

The company is located in Ryan's congressional district but Ryan won't be there because he's leading a congressional delegation on an overseas trip this week.

Trump carried Wisconsin by about 22,000 votes in November, making him the first Republican to carry the state since 1984. A Marquette University Law School poll released in March showed 47 percent of respondents disapproved of the job Trump was doing as president, while 41 percent approved.