US President Donald Trump has turned on Harley-Davidson after the American company announced that it could move motorcycle production out of the United States.
H-D made the announcement following a 25% tax imposed on its bikes by European markets last Friday. That levvy was brought into play as a tit-for-tat move in reply to Trump’s price hike on imported aluminium and steel to America.
Trump claimed that the price increase on ‘foreign’ metal imports was put in place to protect similar products produced on American soil rather than letting non-USA products undercut home-made options and threaten American worker’s jobs.
But now, with his usual brand of bluster and twitter-led outrage, Trump has publicly attacked Harley-Davidson directly, saying that the company is using the tax issues as a cover to move some of its production abroad.
Trump has threatened Harley with a “big tax” on bikes imported to the US. Trump said: “A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country – never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them.
“If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end. They surrendered! They quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!”