The entire affair started on Monday after the bike builder said the increased tariffs for American bikes sold in the European Union would mean the price for the motorcycles would have to jumpo by $2,200. He later added, "The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!".
One could have felt bad for Trump had he not been the one who caused the disruptions in the first place.
Trump made the assertions in a string of tweets attacking Harley-Davidson on Tuesday, claiming the company had already planned to move some of their operations from Kansas City, Missouri to Thailand and suggesting they lied about why they're moving some operations overseas.
"In this administration, our allegiance will be to the American workers and to American businesses, like Harley-Davidson, that were very strong in the 1980s and I remember this - you were victims of trading abuse - big trading abuse, where they were dumping all sorts of competitors all over the place", Trump said.
Trump has been imposing import duties on wherever he felt Americans had not been given a fair deal, thus triggering a trade war with numerous US' trade partners.
For example, the new European tariffs will make each motorcycle about $2,200 more expensive to export, Harley said Monday.
"TRUMP: ".When I had Harley-Davidson officials over to the White House, I chided them about tariffs in other countries, like India, being too high.
The factory in Thailand, which will open later this year, would let Harley-Davidson avoid the country's up to 60 percent tariffs on imported motorcycles and help it get tax breaks while exporting to neighboring countries, according to the company. It turns out that Harley's decision to open a plant in Thailand came in response to a different challenge created by Trump: his decision to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership past year.
JBK has total revenues of $15 million a year and income of a few million, so Trump's policies are taking real money from his workers' pockets.
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In his Tuesday morning series of Twitter posts, Trump wrote that "Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into the USA without paying a big tax!" The move comes just as the European Union placed tariffs on certain manufactured goods - including motorcycles - in response to new U.S. taxes on imported metal. The increase was in response to earlier tariffs on European steel and aluminum imposed by GOP President Donald Trump. "Europe is a critical market for Harley-Davidson", the filing read.
The U.S. accounts for 147,972 of the company's retail sales in 2017, and Europe accounted for 39,773.
Trump denied Tuesday that his trade policy was to blame for Harley's decision. The company also said it would close a wheel plant in Adelaide, Australia.
"And I think the people who ride Harleys aren't happy with Harley-Davidson and I wouldn't be either".
"Don't take on Harley".
Charles Payne, host of "Making Money with Charles Payne", said he does not buy the company's reasoning, arguing the plans to shift production were "old news".
So far, though, those hurt by Trump's tariffs do not appear to be European Union countries but American workers. The Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer says it plans to consolidate operations in York, Pennsylvania, the site of an existing plant where about 450 of the Kansas City plant's jobs will be moved. Tariffs will add $30-45 million to the company's expenses this year, amounting to "an immediate and lasting detrimental impact" to its business.
Renacci rode his Harley Davidsons into the 2018 campaign. Last night, Trump did the math in his sleep and woke up on the wrong side of the bed, letting loose the dogs of Twitter.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers president Robert Martinez Jr. called Harley-Davidson's announcement "the latest slap in the face to the loyal, highly-skilled workforce that made Harley an iconic American brand". At a presidential debate that year, the motorcycle-boot wearing Walker said his Secret Service nickname as president would be "Harley".