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

Virginia Carson
June 28, 2018

The problem with Trump's tweet is that, while Harley makes a majority of its motorcycles at several locations in the USA, it's had several overseas manufacturing sites for years.

Harley-Davidson Inc is enduring a third day of attacks on Twitter by Donald Trump, with the president again misconstruing the iconic United States motorcycle maker's business.

The company also said it would move some motorcycle production overseas.

On June 15, we all heard how Harley-Davidson is considering ramping up production overseas to keep costs down if the Trump Administration's disastrous tariffs go into effect.

The company said the move is necessary because of the $3.4 billion tariffs the European Union began levying Friday in retaliation for Trump's 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs.

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He said the company has been working with Twitter to see if the tweets could be removed and to figure out where they originated. "We won't forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!"

The president had earlier warned that any shift in production "will be the beginning of the end" for the company.

"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. He incorrectly said Harley was moving production to Asia from the US, when in fact the expansion in Thailand was unrelated to the closing in Missouri. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse", Trump said.

We're not sure how patient Harley-Davidson can be, honestly.

Harley-Davidson spokesman Michael Pflughoeft declined to comment on the president's tweet.

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The company already produces some parts and bikes overseas, including in India and Thailand, where they would otherwise face high tariffs.

Harley-Davidson executives met with President Trump at the White House a year ago after President Trump canceled a visit to the company's headquarters in Milwaukee because protests had been planned.

S&P says it will resolve the credit watch after Harley's second-quarter earnings.

"These worldwide facilities exist to support more competitive pricing by eliminating much of the tax and tariff burden imposed on fully assembled Harley-Davidson motorcycles imported into key global markets".

The iconic motorcycle brand is the latest U.S. corporation to run afoul of the U.S. president, who has attacked Amazon as a tax dodger and scamming the U.S. Postal Service.

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