Trump To Help Harley-Davidson Competitors After Overseas Production Move
President Donald Trump’s administration will assist motorcycle companies who want to do business in the United States after the Harley-Davidson moved a portion of its production overseas.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018
Trump has railed against Harley-Davidson since its recent announcement that it would be moving a portion of its production overseas as a result of retaliatory tariffs from the EU. The president has accused the company of lying about its motives and chastised it for its alleged betrayal of the United States.
The move “is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the EU and maintain a viable business in Europe,” they said in a statement.
“We want to tell — by the way — Harley-Davidson, please build those beautiful motorcycles in the USA, please. OK? Don’t get cute with us. Don’t get cute. They don’t realize the taxes are coming way down,” Trump told an audience at a recent rally. “Build them in the USA. Your customers won’t be happy if you don’t. I’ll tell you that.”