This morning most of Trump’s tweets were about Harley Davidson. He continues to blame them for making excuses to move production overseas and is now threatening them with higher taxes:
Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand. That was long before Tariffs were announced. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse. Shows how unbalanced & unfair trade is, but we will fix it.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
....We are getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers that have been unfairly used for years against our farmers, workers and companies. We are opening up closed markets and expanding our footprint. They must play fair or they will pay tariffs!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
....When I had Harley-Davidson officials over to the White House, I chided them about tariffs in other countries, like India, being too high. Companies are now coming back to America. Harley must know that they won’t be able to sell back into U.S. without paying a big tax!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2018
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
This is insane. Trump starts a trade war with our allies and then when an American company is targeted in retribution tariffs, he blames the American Company for caving and making excuses. How is that fair? Then on top of that he threatens the American company, saying “they will be taxed like never before” if they move production overseas.
Trump’s protectionism is out of control and Congress seriously needs to rein him in. The problem is that Republicans don’t want to pick a fight with Trump when elections are coming up in a few months.
Which means we’re stuck with Trump’s high tariffs and his loud mouth threatening companies who are really victims of his protectionist policies.