Published: Thu, June 28, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Harley-Davidson responds to fake anti-Trump quote attributed to CEO

Harley-Davidson responds to fake anti-Trump quote attributed to CEO

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Trump also threatened on Tuesday to tax any motorcycles the company ships into the US.

"Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand". "We have countries where, as an example, India, they charge up as much as 100 percent tariff".

Trump says on Twitter, "We won't forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!"

Trump warned the iconic American brand that any shift in production "will be the beginning of the end". Now the European Union has chose to target Harley for increased tariffs in response to Trump's trade war. On Wednesday, Trump again took to Twitter to urge the company not to move any of its operations overseas and warning "we won't forget" the decision. "Now they are trying to use the tariffs to excuse and deflect from that decision". But union officials are the ones who claimed the jobs were being shifted to Thailand.

The relationship between Trump and Harley-Davidson has gone from a love affair to a bad breakup in a matter of months.

Michael Pflughoeft, a spokesman for Harley-Davidson, said that the anti-Trump quote linked to the company's chief executive that was circulating on Twitter in various forms was "absolutely, unequivocally fake and false".

"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!"

Harley already has assembly plants in India and Brazil.

Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, whose Wisconsin district includes Harley's plant in Menomonee Falls, said the European Union has a long history of abusive trade practices but urged Trump to address abuses without harming jobs in the U.S.

The president has repeatedly attacked Amazon.com Inc over what he sees as its unfair treatment of the U.S. Postal Service, and he has complained about the high costs of Boeing Co's replacements for Air Force One aircraft, urging the federal government to cancel the order.

Harley-Davidson executives met with Trump at the White House a year ago after Trump canceled a visit to the company's headquarters in Milwaukee because protests had been planned.

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