The President tweeted concerning the potential boycott on Sunday
“Many @harleydavidson homeowners plan to boycott the corporate if manufacturing strikes abroad. Nice!” Trump wrote. “Most different firms are coming in our route, together with Harley opponents. A extremely dangerous transfer! U.S. will quickly have a stage enjoying discipline, or higher.”
Harley-Davidson didn’t reply to request for touch upon Sunday.
Trump’s comment got here after the President hosted “Bikers for Trump” supporters at his golf membership in Bedminister, New Jersey, over the weekend.
Tensions between the administration and Harley-Davidson have brewed for months.
It began when Trump imposed hefty tariffs on metal and aluminum imports earlier this yr in an effort to bolster home manufacturing. The European Union responded by pledging to boost tariffs on a listing of products which are imported from the USA, together with Harley bikes.
American demand for bikes has waned whereas overseas curiosity has grown. So, that wasn’t excellent news for the Wisconsin-based bike producer.
Trump accused Harley of utilizing the European retaliatory tariffs as “an excuse” for shifting manufacturing overseas. Trump, echoing a prime union for Harley staff, claimed the corporate deliberate to shift some operations to Thailand earlier than the tariffs had been introduced.
Harley acknowledged it already had been shifting some manufacturing overseas, however mentioned shifting extra manufacturing abroad was the “solely sustainable choice” within the face of a commerce struggle.