President TrumpDonald John TrumpCrowley stunner tops huge night for left Trump congratulates Romney on primary win Judge orders Trump admin to begin reuniting immigrant families MORE carried his feud with Harley-Davidson into a third day, suggesting on Wednesday that the motorcycle giant's reputation - and business - could suffer as a result of its decision to shift some of its production overseas. The President went on to tell Harley-Davidson that, despite the proposed tariffs raising the price of every raw material that goes into a Harley, that the Motor Company would not be affected by them.
"Trump added. ".A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Matthew S. Levatich, CEO of Harley Davidson, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, at the White House in Washington, February 2, 2017. Its last quarter sales fell by 12 percent in the USA but grew by about 7 percent in multiple continents, including Europe.
"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!"
The president is tweeting that Harley-Davidson, which already has some production in foreign markets, "should stay 100 percent in America".
"Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag".
Those tariffs came as a result of Trump's decision to impose steep duties on steel and aluminum imports Europe and elsewhere last month.
Harley-Davidson announced the closing of a factory in Missouri in January, but the reason for that was slumping domestic sales numbers.
"I fought hard for them and ultimately they will not pay tariffs selling into the European Union, which has hurt us badly on trade, down $151 Billion". The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!
Trump recently imposed steep tariffs on aluminum and steel imported from Canada, Mexico and Europe in his bid to level the trade playing field and reduce trade deficits between the US and its trade partners. If they move, watch it, it will be the beginning of the end. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse", he said. "Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into US without paying a big tax!" That was an empty threat - all motorcycles Harley sells in the U.S. come from American factories, and the company won't import into the market.
"The president is saying enough is enough", she said.