Trump warns Harley-Davidson: ‘We won’t forget’
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump warned Harley-Davidson on Wednesday “we won’t forget” about the company’s decision to shift some motorcycle production overseas, and suggested that the Wisconsin-based company will lose out to its competitors.
His comments extended his feud with Harley-Davidson into a third day, tweeting that the motorcycle manufacturer, which already has some production in foreign markets, “should stay 100 percent in America.” He added: “I’ve done so much for you, and then this.”
Harley-Davidson should stay 100% in America, with the people that got you your success. I’ve done so much for you, and then this. Other companies are coming back where they belong! We won’t forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018
“We won’t forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!” Trump tweeted.
Harley-Davidson said Monday it was moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe from U.S. factories to facilities overseas because of retaliatory tariffs it faces in an escalating trade dispute involving Trump’s administration and the European Union. Harley-Davidson spokesman Michael Pflughoeft declined to comment on the president’s tweet.
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.
Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand. That was long before Tariffs were announced. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse. Shows how unbalanced & unfair trade is, but we will fix it…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
Trump, who will hold events in Wisconsin on Thursday, threatened Harley-Davidson earlier in the week, writing that any shift in production “will be the beginning of the end.” He added: “The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!”
Trump tweeted Tuesday that Harley-Davidson had already announced it was closing a Kansas City plant and moving those jobs to Thailand. But union officials are the ones who claimed the jobs were being shifted to Thailand. Harley-Davidson has denied a link between Kansas City and Thailand.
Harley-Davidson executives met with Trump at the White House last year after Trump canceled a visit to the company’s headquarters in Milwaukee because protests had been planned.