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Trump threatens Harley-Davidson over European production move
    2018-06-28  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Harley-Davidson Inc. with higher taxes Tuesday and said the motorcycle maker, which he previously hailed as a model of American manufacturing, would suffer from a public backlash if it went ahead with a plan to move production for European customers overseas.

Trump’s attack 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.

“A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them,” Trump said on Twitter, without providing any evidence. “If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end — they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!” Trump said.

It was unclear what taxes Trump was referring to, and why the company might have to pay them, since it will maintain production in the United States for U.S. customers. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Trump’s tweet.

The Milwaukee-based company said Monday it will move production of motorcycles shipped to the European Union from the United States to its international facilities and forecast that the trading bloc’s tariffs — introduced as a counter to Trump’s tariffs on some EU-produced metals — would cost the company US$90 million to US$100 million a year.

Harley-Davidson said it had no comment on Trump’s tweets. But company spokesman Michael Pflughoeft said it was assessing the potential impact of the production shift on its U.S. facilities.

In a series of Twitter posts Tuesday morning, Trump suggested Harley-Davidson was using trade tensions over tariffs as an excuse to move production.

“Early this year, Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand. That was long before tariffs were announced. Hence, they were just using tariffs/trade war as an excuse,” Trump said. (SD-Agencies)

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