Harley-Davidson overseas move was years in the making: Bikers for Trump

15 August, 2018, 11:06 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Harley-Davidson overseas move was years in the making: Bikers for Trump

"Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors". It cited that European Union tariffs on motorcycles exported from the US rose sharply in response to Trump's decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

"Great!" he wrote of purported plans by customers of Harley-Davidson to boycott the venerable motorcycle company over its plan to move production of motorcycles sold in Europe to factories outside the U.S. The firm, founded in Milwaukee in 1903, estimated that it would lose $100 million annually from steel tariffs imposed by the president in March. A really bad move!

Trump's remark came after the President hosted "Bikers for Trump" supporters at his golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, over the weekend.

Trump is calling for a boycott of Harley-Davidson as the company invests in production facilities in Europe.

The company announced in June that it may have to move some of its manufacturing operations out of the US after the European Union imposed retaliatory tariffs on American exports.

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Tensions between the administration and Harley-Davidson have brewed for months. The European Union responded by pledging to raise tariffs on a list of goods that are imported from the United States, including Harley motorcycles.

As I said yesterday, I want Harley-Davidson to prosper here in the State of WI - so of course I don't want a boycott of Harley-Davidson.

American demand for motorcycles has waned while foreign interest has grown.

Trump accused Harley of using the European retaliatory tariffs as "an excuse" for moving manufacturing overseas.

Cox said his fellow Bikers for Trump members see the president's tariffs as a measure to provide an "equitable clean slate" after years of trade abuses.

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