Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

President Trump bashes Harley-Davidson over production move, tweets 'We won't forget'

President Trump bashes Harley-Davidson over production move, tweets 'We won't forget'

The tweet was Trump's latest in what has become a days-long effort to pressure Harley-Davidson to halt its plan to build some of its bikes overseas in response to new tariffs from Europe. The EU raised an existing tariff it had on the company's motorcycles by nearly five times in retaliation for the U.S.' tariffs on EU aluminum and steel. He added: "The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!"

"Our decision to move some of our operations is 100% based on President Trumps tariffs". Trump then threatened the company "will be taxed like never before" if they follow through with the move. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse. "And I think the people who ride Harleys aren't happy with Harley-Davidson, and I wouldn't be either".

Mr Trump had earlier threatened to tax the Wisconsin-based manufacturer which said on Monday it planned to move some manufacturing overseas in response to European Union tariffs retaliating for USA duties. "Shows how unbalanced & unfair trade is, but we will fix it", he tweeted.

Harley already has assembly plants in India and Brazil.

The U.S. and China are also volleying back and forth over tariffs.

In January, Harley-Davidson said it would close a plant in Kansas City, Missouri, due to a sharp drop in US demand for its motorcycles, but said it would consolidate work done there into its plant in York, Pennsylvania.

Trump says he's getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, and open up closed markets.

The Wisconsin-based manufacturer of iconic motorcycles has said it planned to move some manufacturing overseas in response to European Union tariffs retaliating for U.S. duties. Trump went on to say "When I had Harley-Davidson officials over to the White House, I chided them about tariffs in other countries, like India, being too high".

It was a stark contrast from February 2017, when Harley-Davidson executives visited Trump at the White House, even participating in a photo-op with Trump.

Trump first responded angrily to the Harley announcement on Monday, saying he has supported the 115-year-old manufacturer and was surprised by its plans, which he described as waving the "White Flag".

"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!" If they move, watch it, it will be the beginning of the end. "As a rider and owner of a Harley-Davidson and as a former Harley-Davidson dealer, I condemn this decision and I strongly urge them to reconsider it".

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