In the wake of Harley-Davidson suggesting they’re moving some of its production out of the USA, President Donald Trump has criticised the Milwaukee based brand on social media, claiming his administration is talking to other motorcycle companies.
Trump said: “Now that Harley-Davidson is moving part of its operation out of the U.S., my Administration is working with other Motor Cycle companies who want to move into the U.S. Harley customers are not happy with their move – sales are down 7% in 2017. The U.S. is where the Action is!”
Trump has repeatedly criticised the iconic American motorcycle manufacturer in the last few weeks…
Last Wednesday, he said: “Harley-Davidson should stay 100% in America, with the people that got you your success. I’ve done so much for you, and then this. Other companies are coming back where they belong! We won’t forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!”
These tweets from Trump come as Harley-Davidson announced that the new tariffs would increase the average cost per motorcycle by about $2,200 and as a result, the company will shift some production overseas. The European Union imposed the tariffs in retaliation against the Trump administration’s duties on steel and aluminium imports, which were an effort by Trump to protect U.S. jobs. Interestingly, no production will actually be moving to Europe as a result of the tariffs, according to H-D. That’s because Harley’s overseas manufacturing plants are in Brazil, India, Australia and Thailand. However, in the USA, the company is shutting down a Kansas City, Missouri, factory and transferring operations to York, Pennsylvania.