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A view of a room in a Foxconn facility at the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park June 28, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Enlarge / A view of a room in a Foxconn facility at the Wisconsin Valley Science and Technology Park June 28, 2018 in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The state of Wisconsin has negotiated a dramatically scaled-back deal with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn. The move, announced Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, is a repudiation of a deal negotiated four years earlier by Evers’ Republican predecessor Scott Walker.

The original deal envisioned Foxconn spending as much as $10 billion to manufacture a state-of-the-art factory for manufacturing large liquid-crystal display panels. The deal was announced in 2017, and then-President Donald Trump traveled to Wisconsin for the 2018 groundbreaking, describing the new factory as “the eighth wonder of the world.” Foxconn was supposed to get $2.85 billion in state and local incentives under that original deal.

The deal may have been savvy politics for Foxconn in 2017. The company uses factories in other countries to assemble consumer electronics products for Apple and other American companies—products that are often then sent back to the United States for sale. So Trump’s protectionist inclinations seemed like a serious threat. Announcing plans to create of thousands of jobs in a key battleground state gave Trump something to boast about, and that may have helped Foxconn curry favor with the new administration.

But before long, it became clear that Foxconn wasn’t going to hold up its end of the bargain. The company was supposed to build a factory based on the LCD panel industry’s new Generation 10.5 standard, which uses enormous sheets of “mother glass” that are roughly 10 feet (3 meters) square. Each glass sheet is typically cut into several displays for use in large televisions. Making panels that large requires a large factory—the original deal envisioned Foxconn hiring as many as 13,000 workers in Wisconsin by 2032.

The new deal acknowledges that Foxconn’s presence in Wisconsin will be much smaller. The agreement asks Foxconn to spend only $672 million on a factory that will employ only 1,454 people by 2025. And the state will only offer Foxconn $80 million in incentives—a thirtyfold reduction from the original incentive package.

Evers described the new package as “a better deal for our state.” According to Reuters, Evers also “stressed that the incentives were in line with those available to any company.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, “The old contract required Foxconn to build a specific type of screen-making facility in Mount Pleasant, 25 miles south of Milwaukee.”

Now, Foxconn will have a greater ability to adjust its plans to changing market circumstances. Last month, Foxconn chairman Young Liu suggested that the company might manufacture electric cars in Wisconsin, though no specific plans have been announced.

Illustration of President Trump's face and a Twitter logo

The National Archives and Records Administration is a federal agency responsible for preserving historically significant federal records, including tweets from senior government officials. For example, former Trump White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders turned over control of her official Twitter account to NARA when she left office. Leaving tweets on Twitter makes them easily accessible by the public.

But Politico reports Twitter won’t allow anything like this to happen for President Donald Trump’s now-banned @realDonaldTrump account.

“Given that we permanently suspended @realDonaldTrump, the content from the account will not appear on Twitter as it did previously or as archived administration accounts do currently, regardless of how NARA decides to display the data it has preserved,” a Twitter spokesman told Politico. “Administration accounts that are archived on the service are accounts that were not in violation of the Twitter Rules.”

Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump from its platform two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Twitter concluded that his tweets on that day had promoted or glorified violence.

Since then, Trump has had to get by without his most powerful megaphone. He no longer has the ability to blast his thoughts directly onto the screens of millions of people every day.

It’s not clear if NARA was seeking to have Twitter reinstate the @realDonaldTrump account under NARA control or create a copy of the account under another name. Perhaps NARA was proposing to post copies of Trump’s tweets to a completely new Twitter account. At this point it doesn’t matter, because Twitter has ruled out having Trump’s tweets on its platform in any form.

Instead, NARA says it will post an archive of Trump’s tweet to the website of the Trump Presidential Library, which itself is under NARA’s control. NARA says that the archive will include all of Trump’s tweets, including controversial tweets that got warning labels from Twitter, as well as the tweets that ultimately got Trump banned.

NARA spokesman James Pritchett told Politico that the agency is “working to make the exported content available… as a download.” That sounds like NARA may only offer the tweets as one large download as opposed to making each tweet available online individually—a much less convenient format than bringing the tweets back to Twitter.

It’s not clear how much this matters in practice. There is already at least one private website hosting copies of Trump’s tweets. But there’s no guarantee that independent sites like this will still be around a decade from now, whereas Twitter and NARA (or a successor agency), in all likelihood, will still be here.

I would have expected social media sites like Twitter to care more about not having Trump as an active user than about eradicating every trace of his old writings from their platforms. But Twitter apparently feels strongly about both Trump and his tweets.

And Facebook evidently feels the same way. Last week, the company deleted an interview between Trump and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, warning that any content posted “in the voice of Donald Trump” wasn’t welcome.