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. "I looked far and wide to try to get a shirt made in America, it's just they get you, they gouge you". "Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors".
"Great", the United States president said. "USA will soon have a level playing field, or better", Mr Trump tweeted.
Harley Davidson has repeatedly declined to comment on Trump's remarks over the course of the dispute.
The Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer announced a plan earlier this year to move production of motorcycles for the European Union from the United States to its overseas facilities to avoid the tariffs imposed by the trading bloc in retaliation for Mr Trump's duties on steel and aluminium imports. The company is developing a smaller displacement 250cc to 500cc motorcycle for emerging markets in Asia through a partnership with a manufacturer in the region, and will launch its first electric bike in 2019 with more models to follow through 2022, it said.
Earlier this year Harley-Davidson said shifting targeted production from the U.S. to worldwide facilities could take up to 18 months to be completed.
His anger echoed that of President Trump, whose public denouncement of Harley's decision has put one of the country's most iconic brands in the uncomfortable position of clashing with a president who is immensely popular with most of its customers. The company plans to invest up to $825 million as part of its "More Roads to Harley-Davidson" strategy, which it said could generate more than $1 billion in annual revenue in 2022 compared to 2017.
A Harley-Davidson spokesman didn't immediately respond to a voice mail and email seeking comment.