Trump suggests Upstate New Yorkers move away for better job prospects

'It's ok. Don't worry about your house,' the president said

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSYR-TV) - In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Donald Trump called out Upstate New Yorkers, suggesting they move to places like Wisconsin for better job prospects.

Trump’s comments came after Foxconn, iPhone’s maker, said that they will open a Wisconsin plant for Apple, potentially bringing 10,000 jobs to the area.

The President called out residents from “upper New York State,” saying they should move to areas like Wisconsin, Iowa and Colorado that are adding manufacturing jobs. 

"You're going to need people to work in these massive plants," Trump told the WSJ. "I'm going to start explaining to people: When you have an area that just isn't working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you'll have another area 500 miles away where you can't get people.”

He also continued with, “It’s ok. Don’t worry about your house.”

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr., a Republican, took to Twitter to call out the President.

“Disappointed in @realDonaldTrump a president from New York bashing Upstate New York. Sad. I had hoped for better,” Picente tweeted.

Senator Timothy Kennedy, a Democrat from Buffalo, also responded to the President’s statement:

Local Congresswoman Claudia Tenney issued the following statement:

“I hope President Trump’s comments about Upstate New York were taken out of context. Upstate has a rich history of manufacturing products used around the world. Bad policies passed down from Albany have driven people and businesses out of our state in record numbers, leading our region to become the rustbelt of New York.

Albany politicians have made our state among the highest taxed and regulated state in the nation garnering the title of the least friendly business climate in the country.

Despite Albany’s attack on the upstate economy, on the federal and local level, we are working to rebuild our beautiful state to bring jobs and businesses back to our community.

I have full confidence that President Trump understands the struggle that upstate New York has experienced for decades, and why we need to continue to fight for policies that will revive our region.

Just last week, I had the honor of attending a Made in America event at the White House with President Trump. The President praised the hard work and ingenuity of the founders of Sherrill Manufacturing for reviving the only flatware manufacturer in the nation with a brand appropriately known as Liberty Tabletop.

Instead of urging people to leave our region, we should be working to implement policies that help small business owners and family farmers to draw people and jobs back to our region.

Today, I renew my invitation for the President to visit our area and encourage him to come see the efforts we’re making to revive our once thriving economy.”


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