Pres. Trump to upstate NYers: Leave the state for jobs
(WHAM) - President Donald Trump offered some advice to New Yorkers who are looking for jobs - and lawmakers aren't taking it well.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president encouraged people living in "upper New York " to leave their homes for places such as Wisconsin.
The offhand remark about the areas of the Empire state located north of New York City was made in regard to an Apple contractor announcing it would build a factory in Wisconsin. The move is expected to bring 3,000 jobs to the state.
Several New York lawmakers, including Rep. John Katko (R, NY-24), have expressed their displeasure with the president's statement.
This isn't the first time President Trump has acknowledged upstate New York in his comments.
In February 2016, Trump called himself "like the most popular person that's ever lived, virtually" in the eyes of people living in upstate New York. "They're great friends of mine," he added.
"Don't leave Rochester! I'm telling you I will bring it back so fast," Trump said.
New York State Assembly Majority Leader Brian Kolb (R, NY-131) issued a statement in response to the remarks made by President Trump.
“Rather than get distracted by political rhetoric, it’s more important to focus on the real issue. Upstate New York’s economy is suffering and has been for years. Job growth upstate lags far behind the rest of the nation. In the past year the U.S. added 46,000 manufacturing jobs while New York lost 16,300. Families are over-taxed and businesses are over-regulated – that’s why people are moving. This is an opportunity to have an honest, open, public discussion about how to fix the Upstate economy.”