Trump warns Harley-Davidson: 'We won't forget'

Trump warns Harley-Davidson: 'We won't forget'

Trump warns Harley-Davidson: 'We won't forget'

In a series of caustic early-morning tweets Trump dismissed any notion that his policies were responsible for Harley-Davidson's move.

But on Monday, the company said the president's trade approach had put its business at a disadvantage, as the European Union hit Harley-Davidson with tariffs of 31 percent on every motorcycle exported to Europe in retaliation for Trump's metal tariffs.

"Live to ride, ride to live, Harley Davidson's", is engraved on this air cleaner cover.

Trump enjoyed the support of a group called "Bikers for Trump" in his 2016 presidential campaign and he invited Harley-Davidson representatives to the White House in February 2017 shortly after he took office, greeting them with the words "Made in America, Harley-Davidson". The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!

"In this administration, our allegiance will be to the American workers and to American businesses, like Harley-Davidson, that were very strong in the 1980s and I remember this - you were victims of trading abuse - big trading abuse, where they were dumping all sorts of competitors all over the place", Trump said. Mr. Trump knows nothing about economics and even less about trade.

Trump first responded angrily to the Harley announcement on Monday, saying he has supported the 115-year-old manufacturer and was surprised by its plans, which he described as waving the "White Flag".

Those tariffs came as a result of Trump's decision to impose steep duties on steel and aluminum imports Europe and elsewhere last month.

"What I would like to do and what I offered at the G7, you remember, I said let's drop all tariffs and all barriers", he said.

"I can't possibly understand why Harley would be moving production outside of the United States at this point", Mnuchin said.

Harley-Davidson announced the closing of a factory in Missouri in January, but the reason for that was slumping domestic sales numbers. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse", Trump said. "We want the tariffs removed", Trump said.

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. Harley-Davidson sold almost 40,000 motorcycles in Europe in 2017, according to its annual report. "Trump added. ".A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Trump wrote. "Their employees and customers are already very angry at them".

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