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Trump Directs New Heat to Harley-Davidson

Says White House working to bring foreign motorcycle companies to US
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2018 12:10 PM CDT
A Harley-Davidson emblem is seen on a fuel tank of a motorcycle at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Omaha, Neb.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump isn't letting up on Harley-Davidson: In another tweet on the subject, Trump expressed more frustration with the motorcycle-maker's decision to move some production overseas. "(My) Administration is working with other Motor Cycle companies who want to move into the U.S.," Trump wrote Tuesday. "The U.S. is where the Action is!" Trump didn't offer any specifics, notes Reuters, and White House officials didn't immediately elaborate. Harley itself, which blames Trump's tariffs and retaliatory ones from other nations for its decision, didn't comment.

The Washington Post points out a potential problem with the plan: Other leading motorcycle manufacturers are in countries engaged in trade spats with the US, including Yamaha, Honda, and Kawasaki of Japan, Ducati in Italy, and BMW in Germany. However, one possibility is that Trump could entice BMW and Honda to expand their current US operations. Harley, meanwhile, has plants in Brazil, India, Australia, and Thailand, notes CNBC. It's closing a plant in Kansas City, but that work is being transferred to a facility in York, Pa., not overseas. (Read more Harley-Davidson stories.)

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