'Stay 100% in US, we won't forget': Donald Trump warns Harley Davidson
Jun 28 2018
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!
Renacci is a former owner of Harley-Davidson dealerships, but he didn't hold back when calling out the company for using the "excuse" of tariffs to start making some motorcycles overseas.
Trump said this while defending his recent decision to impose tariffs on the import of foreign products.
Taxes that the European Union has slapped on its bikes in reaction to Trump's steel and aluminum levies will cost the company as much as US$100 million (RM402 million) a year. "Now they are trying to use the tariffs to excuse and deflect from that decision". "And I think the people who ride Harleys aren't happy with Harley-Davidson, and I wouldn't be either".
Harley-Davidson said Monday it was moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe from US factories to facilities overseas because of retaliatory tariffs it faces in an escalating trade dispute between involving Trump's administration and the European Union. He argued this was done in retaliation to the imbalance of trade that the United States has with major trading partners including China, the European Union and India, Press Trust of India reports. Outside the US, Harley-Davidson has manufacturing facilities in India, Brazil and Australia.
The U.S. and China are also volleying back and forth over tariffs.
Trump said he's getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, citing India as an example, and to open up markets.
It was unclear what taxes Trump was referring to, and why the company might have to pay them, since it will maintain production in the United States for USA customers. "Trump added. ".A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! "Their employees and customers are already very angry at them", Trump said on Twitter, without providing any evidence.
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.
The rift is particularly notable because Harley-Davidson has traditionally, had strong support within the GOP. If they move, watch it, it will be the beginning of the end. "I understand that the President is a tough negotiator, but I urge him to consider a more targeted approach that protects American workers and businesses".