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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo says she won’t thank Republican President Donald Trump for a design and innovation hub opening in the state, as the state Republican Party wants her to do.

Raimondo told WPRO-AM Wednesday it would be “ridiculous” to thank Trump for information technology outsourcing firm Infosys planning the hub.

The Rhode Island Republican Party says without Trump’s efforts to reform work visa programs India-based Infosys and other outsourcing companies use, Infosys wouldn’t be bringing 500 design jobs to the state.

Trump has blasted a visa program tech companies have heavily relied upon to bring in foreign temporary workers at lower wages.

Raimondo says companies want to be in Rhode Island because the state is investing in job training, rebuilding infrastructure and moving forward despite Trump’s “harmful policies.”


Information from: WPRO-AM,