Walker reacts to Trump's call for Harley boycott

Walker reacts to Trump's call for Harley boycott

President Donald Trump expressed support toward Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners who are looking to boycott the company in the event that it shifts its production overseas.

When most customers of Tarentum's Gatto Harley-Davidson learn that, they tend to drop their concerns over Harley-Davidson's Europe decision, said George Gatto, the company's president.

The president's attack on the motorcycle maker followed a Saturday stunt in which a group of "Bikers for Trump" made an appearance at his Bedminster, N.J. golf club - many riding Harleys. A really bad move!

In June, Harley said it would be implement a plan to "shift production of motorcycles for EU destinations from the United States to global facilities" as potential tariffs implemented by the European Union would have an annual impact of $90 million to $100 million going forward, adding about $2,200 to the cost of each motorcycle.

Tensions between the administration and Harley-Davidson have brewed for months.

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American demand for motorcycles has waned while foreign interest has grown. The company has plans for 100 new models, including battery-powered products and smaller, cheaper bikes for urban riders in Asia.

Trump accused Harley of using the European retaliatory tariffs as "an excuse" for moving manufacturing overseas.

As I said yesterday, I want Harley-Davidson to prosper here in the State of WI - so of course I don't want a boycott of Harley-Davidson.

Harley acknowledged it already had been moving some production abroad, but said moving more production overseas was the "only sustainable option" in the face of a trade war.

Cox said his fellow Bikers for Trump members see the president's tariffs as a measure to provide an "equitable clean slate" after years of trade abuses.

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