President Donald Trump supported boycotting Harley Davidson Inc. Sunday in the latest installment of his dispute with the company over steel tariffs.
Earlier this year, the European Union imposed tariffs on steel in retaliation to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. In response, Harley Davidson announced it would move motorcycle production from the United States to the EU in order to avoid the tariffs.
The company, once a Missouri staple, has also announced multiple cutbacks to its presence in the state this year due to market conditions. In January, Harley Davidson announced that it would consolidate its Kansas City plant into a Pennsylvania facility, costing Missouri about 800 jobs. Then in June, a supplier for Harley Davidson announced plans to eliminate 207 jobs at a plant in Kansas City, citing the motorcycle company plant’s planned closure.
Trump has criticized Harley Davidson for its decision to move production overseas. He has threatened to bring foreign producers to the U.S. to increase competition and called for higher, targeted taxes.
The Wisconsin-based motorcycle company has predicted the EU tariffs would cost them about $90 million to $100 million per year, and between $30 million and $45 million for the remainder of 2018.
“Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! U.S. will soon have a level playing field, or better,” Trump said in a Twitter post Sunday.
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