But now, Trump has attacked Harley-Davidson saying that the motorcycle manufacturer is using the tax row as a cover to move production overseas, warning to "fix it".
"Harley-Davidson motorcycles sold in the US will continue to be made in the US", Pflughoeft said. Those tariffs are a retaliation for trade penalties imposed by the Trump administration.
Harley-Davidson said on Monday that it would lose as much as $100 million per year because of European Union tariffs on motorcycles that it ships from the United States.
Trump continued his tweetstorm by saying "A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country - never!"
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. Companies are now coming back to America.
The Milwaukee-based company said on Monday it will move production of motorcycles shipped to the European Union from the United States to its global facilities and forecast that the trading bloc's tariffs - introduced as a counter to Trump's tariffs on some EU-produced metals - would cost the company $90 million to $100 million a year. Their employees and customers are already very angry with them. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse", he said. "I was the one that explained to Harley about 100 per cent tax in India. and I got it down to a much lower number. which is, I think, 50 per cent, which is far too much, but they were paying 100 per cent". If they move, watch it, it will be the beginning of the end.
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In January, Harley-Davidson said it would close a plant in Kansas City, Missouri, due to a sharp drop in USA demand for its motorcycles, but said it would consolidate work done there into its plant in York, Pennsylvania.
"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!" he said earlier on Twitter.
Besides Thailand, Harley-Davidson has two more assembly plants outside the United States, in Brazil and India. Its last quarter sales fell by 12 percent in the USA but grew by about 7 percent in multiple continents, including Europe.
"Harley-Davidson is using that as an excuse, and I don't like that because I've been very good to Harley-Davidson and they used it as an excuse", he said in response.
The iconic motorcycle brand is the latest U.S. corporation to run afoul of the U.S. president, who has attacked Amazon as a tax dodger and scamming the U.S. Postal Service.