Trump has also threatened Harley-Davidson with a "big tax" on bikes which are manufactured overseas and then imported into the US. He's also suggesting the company will lose out to competitors. But now, Trump has attacked Harley-Davidson saying that the motorcycle manufacturer is using the tax row as a cover to move production overseas, warning to "fix it".
"Harley-Davidson is using that as an excuse, and I don't like that because I've been very good to Harley-Davidson and they used it as an excuse", he said in response. Companies are now coming back to America.
The president had earlier warned that any shift in production "will be the beginning of the end". Now the European Union has made a decision to target Harley for increased tariffs in response to Trump's trade war. The company doesn't have specific information on where production for the European Union will take place, he said. The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before! "Now they are trying to use the tariffs to excuse and deflect from that decision".
"Harley-Davidson maintains a strong commitment to USA -based manufacturing which is valued by riders globally", the company said Monday.
"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!" he said on Twitter.
"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 added. ".A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! "And I think the people who ride Harleys aren't happy with Harley-Davidson, and I wouldn't be either". To avoid raising its prices and risk losing business in the valuable European market, Harley-Davidson said it would shift some bike production overseas.
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.
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".
Harley-Davidson executives met with President Trump at the White House past year after President Trump canceled a visit to the company's headquarters in Milwaukee because protests had been planned.