One day after the Wisconsin-based company said it was planning to shift some manufacturing overseas due to the European Union's tariffs in retaliation for U.S. duties, Trump accused Harley-Davidson of appropriating the trade war as an "excuse" for the move. Companies are now coming back to America. The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!
"Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand". Harley-Davidson is using that (tariff on steel and aluminum) as an excuse. "And I think the people who ride Harleys aren't happy with Harley-Davidson, and I wouldn't be either". Union officials have said those jobs are going to Thailand. "Shows how unbalanced & unfair trade is, but we will fix it", he tweeted. But many of Harley's motorcycles sold in India are assembled in the country, so they may not be subject to the tariffs anyway. "Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into USA without paying a big tax!"
Harley-Davidson announced in January it would close its Kansas City, Missouri assembly plant and consolidate jobs in York, Pennsylvania.
Trump says he's getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, and open up closed markets.
Meanwhile, in order to intensify its sanctions against Iran, the USA has ruled out any exemption to India and Indian companies from carrying out any transactions with Iran.
Harley-Davidson executives met with Trump at the White House past year after Trump canceled a visit to the company's headquarters in Milwaukee because protests had been planned. Trump says that he's "done so much for you, and then this".
Trump added that the administration is finishing a study on imposing tariffs on cars from the EU.
According to CNBC, Harley-Davidson revealed it was planning to get around the tariffs by shifting some production overseas. Trump wrote. "Their employees and customers are already very angry at them". "These global 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 worldwide markets". "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". If they move, watch it, it will be the beginning of the end.