Gov. Evers retreats on Foxconn claim

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is retreating from his previous comments that he didn't think Foxconn Technology Group would employ 13,000 people at its project in the state.

Evers spoke to the editorial board of the Racine Journal Times and Kenosha News on Thursday after meeting with Gou in Milwaukee.

Evers says how many jobs Foxconn creates "could be less, it could be more" than 13,000. That came after he said last month it was "unrealistic" and "difficult to imagine" that Foxconn would hire that many given that it was downsizing the display screen factory it was building.

Evers says he and Gou had a "great conversation" and they were "building a good relationship." Evers said they also discussed how Foxconn operations would change as Gou steps away from daily operations to run for president of Taiwan.
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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has met with the head of Foxconn Technology Group for the first time, after saying the Taiwanese company was looking to make changes to its agreement with the state.

The meeting with Evers on Thursday came a day after Foxconn CEO Terry Gou met with President Donald Trump at the White House. Foxconn has repeatedly said it remains committed to investing $10 billion and employing 13,000 people in Wisconsin.

Neither Foxconn nor Evers had an immediate comment following their meeting at a Milwaukee airport.

Evers has said he doesn't think Foxconn will employ that many people because it's building a smaller display screen manufacturing facility in Wisconsin than originally envisioned.

Evers was a critic of the project when he ran for governor last year. But he says he's committed to working with Foxconn to make sure the project is a success in Wisconsin.