Trump’s Message To Harley-Davidson: ‘We Won’t Forget’

Trump Harley-Davidson

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The Wisconsin-based company announced the move on Monday, asserting that shifting some production overseas is necessary to avoid stiff retaliatory tariffs from the European Union.

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 U.S. customers.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that Harley-Davidson had already announced it was closing a Kansas City plant and moving those jobs to Thailand.

To avoid paying a 31% tariff to ship motorcycles from the United States to the EU, Harley chose to move more production to its plants in places like Thailand and Brazil.

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"When I had Harley-Davidson officials over to the White House, I chided them about tariffs in other countries, like India, being too high".

Trump ridiculed the company for building motorcycles overseas. The company sold 39,773 motorcycles in Europe last year and if they didn't shift production, they would lose $45 (€38.6) million this year due to the increased tariffs. "We want the tariffs removed", he said.

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The company has repeatedly described the Thailand factory, along with other overseas production, as vital to its long-term need to boost foreign markets to make up for sluggish sales in the US. He added: "The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!"

Michael Pflughoeft, a spokesman for Harley-Davidson, said that the anti-Trump quote linked to the company's chief executive that was circulating on Twitter in various forms was "absolutely, unequivocally fake and false".

Trump himself once said, "Harley-Davidson is a true American icon, one of the greats".

Last week, India announced higher duties on several goods imported from the USA, in retaliation to Trump imposing hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. "Taxes just a Harley excuse - be patient!" Trump said these retaliatory tariffs were "completely without justification" under global norms.

"Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand".

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.

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