Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump backs boycott of Harley-Davidson

Trump backs boycott of Harley-Davidson

President Donald Trump renewed his war of words with iconic USA motorcycle maker Harley Davidson on Sunday, denouncing the company's plan to shift some production overseas and appearing to back consumers that have called for a boycott. "Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors", he wrote.

The President of the United States Donald trump joined the boycott of American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson. This is a really bad move! The venerable company, founded in 1903, is in a standoff with the president over his steel tariffs.

Harley-Davidson was targeted with EU tariffs after Trump imposed stiff duties on European steel and aluminum.

Supporters focus on US President Donald Trump during a "Bikers for Trump" event at the Trump National Golf Club on August 11, 2018, in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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Trump hosted an event "Bikers for Trump" at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey and gave a smashing speech before them, took selfies and had a great time with them having their support for him in this Trade war.

His view changed when the firm's leaders announced this summer that they would use overseas facilities for production of bikes headed for sale in Europe.

Harley-Davidson said that it would manufacture its motorcycles meant for the global market in overseas factories, saying tariffs on its motorcycles rose from 6 percent to 31 percent as a result of the trade dispute.

The founder of "Bikers for Trump" said that he sells pro-Trump t-shirts made in Haiti because American-made products are too expensive.

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The kicker: The founder of Bikers for Trump, Chris Cox, used to sell US -made pro-Trump T-shirts, but now he goes with the made-in-Haiti variety.

Some owners told the New York Times that the decision would end their decades-old relationship with the Wisconsin-based company.

The President tweeted about the potential boycott on Sunday.

Many motorcyclists have said that they will go against the company once this happens, putting their loyalty to the President above their loyalty to the brand. Tammy Baldwin Sunday tweeted that Trump, "can not run our economy with Tweets".

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