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Trump tweets pre-emptive thanks on Samsung plant report

South Korean company says it is still evaluating need for new US investments

KENICHI YAMADA, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics confirmed Friday that it is considering new investments in the U.S., following a tweet of gratitude by President Donald Trump that may have cast an awkward spotlight on the South Korean manufacturer.

"Thank you, @Samsung! We would love to have you!" the president wrote on Twitter, linking to a media report that the electronics and appliance maker might build a new U.S. factory.

Samsung said "we continue to evaluate new investment needs in the U.S.," but the company did not provide details on the size, location or purpose of any potential new facility there.

Observers reckon that the company places more emphasis on expanding existing U.S. and other chipmaking facilities and will weigh any proposal for new plants carefully.

Samsung found itself in the difficult position of being unable to either deny or confirm specifics related to Trump's tweet, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

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