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

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

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

Harley-Davidson said Monday it was moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe from USA 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 said the company has been working with Twitter to see if the tweets could be removed and to figure out where they originated. Union officials have said those jobs are going to Thailand. Harley-Davidson said it did not plan on raising retail or wholesale prices to cover the added costs.

"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", said Trump. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse", Trump said.

Last year, Harley-Davidson announced it would build a plant in Thailand after Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, which would have abolished tariffs on their motorcycles across 40 percent of the world's economy. Harley-Davidson sold almost 40,000 motorcycles in Europe in 2017, according to its annual report.

"We need to be there and be relevant", Levatich said.

Since announcing this week that it would relocate some of its production to mitigate the impact of retaliatory European tariffs, Harley-Davidson's chief executive has been the subject of an online smear campaign.

Besides Thailand, Harley-Davidson has two more assembly plants outside the USA, in Brazil and India. "Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into U.S.without paying a big tax!"

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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".

"Harley-Davidson is a true American icon, one of the greats".

Earlier in the trade battle, Trump cited India's high tariffs on imported motorcycles as an example of why tougher trade policy was necessary.

"I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the European Union, which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion".

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". Trump said in a post on Twitter on Monday night.

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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