"You Will Be Taxed Like Never Before!" Trump Comes After Harley-Davidson For Moving Its Production Plants Abroad
Donald Trump is serious about his 'America First' policy and is prepared to lose friends and political allies over this.
Is America First a lost war?
His latest target in this fight is the iconic motorcycle company Harley-Davidson Inc, native to America. The company recently announced that it would be shifting some of its operations abroad to cut cost.
This comes after an earlier statement that most of their plants in Kansas City will be moved to Thailand.
Trump is making threats
Although, Trump's reaction does not provide some context, the company actually has a good reason for this: they want to avoid heavy tariffs resulting from Europe's trade war with the president for placing tariffs on imported metals.
A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them. If they move, watch, it will be the beginning of the end - they surrendered, they quit! The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
As the saying goes, all is fair in love and war, but Trump does not think so. He believes the company is using the trade war as an excuse to be unpatriotic. In response, he has been making threats, heavy taxation included, on Twitter.
OMG!! Harley Davidson CEO Matthew Levatich said today: "Our decision to move some of our operations is 100% based on Pres Trump's tariffs. Mr. Trump knows NOTHING about economics, and even less about trade. The man is a moron!"— Deb Vermaas (@debv219) June 26, 2018
You have singlehandedly destroyed an American icon. Congratulations.@realDonaldTrump the destroyer.— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) June 26, 2018
Dude, you did not just really pick a fight with Harley Davidson. This should be fun.— Elisabeth Hollenbeak (@LuLuBadButt) June 26, 2018
Naturally, Americans are weighing in on the public spat between the former friends.
Interestingly, Trump's fight with Harley-Davidson to protect American businesses comes after he attacked a rural farm-to-table restaurant in Virginia. They had asked his chief press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, to leave their establishment because of political differences.
The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2018
It would seem the Trump administration is hurting Americans more than he is saving them. What do you think?