Trump's attack, the latest in a series of criticisms of US companies, was an about-face for the president, who hosted company officials and gleaming Harley-Davidson bikes on the White House lawn shortly after his inauguration. "Increasing global production to alleviate the European Union tariff burden is not the company's preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the European Union and maintain a viable business in Europe". Harley-Davidson has denied a link between Kansas City and Thailand.
Harley-Davidson is suffering the fate of many of those who tangle with the president: Twitter trolls. The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!
One day after the Wisconsin-based company said it was planning to shift some manufacturing overseas due to the European Union's tariffs in retaliation for U.S. duties, Trump accused Harley-Davidson of appropriating the trade war as an "excuse" for the move.
Trump offered no clarity later in the day when he was asked about tariffs during a White House photo-op with Congress members.
Those tariffs came as a result of Trump's decision to impose steep duties on steel and aluminum imports Europe and elsewhere last month.
"Companies are now coming back to America", Trump tweeted. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse. To avoid raising its prices and risk losing business in the valuable European market, Harley-Davidson said it would shift some bike production overseas.
In January, Harley-Davidson said it would close a plant in Kansas City, Missouri, due to a sharp drop in US demand for its motorcycles, but said it would consolidate work done there into its plant in York, Pennsylvania.
He said the company has been working with Twitter to see if the tweets could be removed and to figure out where they originated.
"Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand".
The rift is particularly notable because Harley-Davidson has traditionally, had strong support within the GOP.