Trump takes aim at Harley-Davidson in Tuesday morning tweets

York Dispatch
Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in Springettsbury Township, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

President Donald Trump used his Twitter account Tuesday morning to chide Harley-Davidson for reportedly moving jobs overseas.

The motorcycle company, which has a major manufacturing plant in Springettsbury Township, announced Monday, June 25, that it would shift some production overseas in response to tariffs declared by the European Union.

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The EU tariffs on $3.4 billion worth of U.S. products are retaliation for duties the Trump administration is imposing on European steel and aluminum.

In its latest regulatory filing, Harley stated that EU tariffs on its motorcycles exported from the U.S. jumped between 6 percent and 31 percent, which translates into an additional, incremental cost of about $2,200 per average motorcycle exported from the U.S. to the EU.

Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted that Harley had already announced earlier this year it would move much of its plant operations from Kansas City to Thailand.

"That was long before Tariffs were announced," he wrote. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse."

Harley actually announced earlier this year that it would consolidate operations from its Kansas City plant into the plant in Springettsbury Township.

The move would eliminate about 800 jobs in Kansas City and add about 450 jobs in York County, the company said at the time.

Trump continued, stating in his tweets that tariffs and trade barriers have been unfairly used against American companies for years, and companies are now coming back to America thanks to his administration's policies.

"Harley must know that they won’t be able to sell back into U.S. without paying a big tax!" he wrote.

Trump finished by warning that Harley could go out of business if they move. 

"If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end — they surrendered, they quit!," he wrote. "The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!"