Trump backs boycott of Harley Davidson in tariff dispute
Motorcycle manufacturer to move production of motorcycles for the EU overseas
US president Donald Trump after greeting Harley Davidson executives at the White House last year.
The Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer announced a plan earlier this year to move production of motorcycles for the European Union from the United States to its overseas facilities to avoid the tariffs imposed by the trading bloc in retaliation for Mr Trump’s duties on steel and aluminium imports.
In response, Trump has criticised Harley Davidson, calling for higher, targeted taxes and threatening to lure foreign producers to the United States to increase competition.
“Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! US will soon have a level playing field, or better,” Mr Trump said in a Twitter post.
Harley Davidson has repeatedly declined to comment on Mr Trump’s remarks over the course of the dispute. The company could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday.
Harley has forecast that the EU tariffs would cost the company about $30 million to $45 million for the remainder of 2018 and $90 million to $100 million on a full-year basis.
Mr Trump met Saturday with a group of bikers who support him, posing for pictures with about 180 bikers at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is on vacation.