Trump's attack, the latest in a series of criticisms of USA 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. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on motorcycle brand Harley-Davidson on Wednesday, laying into the company on Twitter.
At the event, Trump heaped praise on the company for manufacturing its motorcycles in the United States and being an iconic American brand. Trump went on to say "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 company says it's doing so because of tariffs it's facing in a trade dispute between the USA and the European Union. "We won't forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!"
"Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand. Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into USA without paying a big tax!" Harley-Davidson spokesman Michael Pflughoeft declined to comment on the president's tweet.
Harley said Monday it's moving the production of motorcycles destined for Europe to factories in Thailand, India and Brazil in response to the European Union slapping a 31 percent tariff on motorcycles made in the U.S.
Says Trump: "That was long before Tariffs were announced".
Meanwhile, in order to intensify its sanctions against Iran, the U.S. has ruled out any exemption to India and Indian companies from carrying out any transactions with Iran. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse", he said. "These global facilities exist to support more competitive pricing by eliminating much of the tax and tariff burden imposed on fully assembled Harley-Davidson motorcycles imported into key worldwide markets".
It said that shifting targeted production from the U.S. to global facilities could take at least nine to 18 months to be fully completed.
"Harley-Davidson is using that as an excuse, and I don't like that because I've been very good to Harley-Davidson and they used it as an excuse", he said in response.
Harley-Davidson executives met with President Trump at the White House a year ago after President Trump canceled a visit to the company's headquarters in Milwaukee because protests had been planned.