June 26, 2018 / 11:30 AM / 5 months ago

Trump says Harley-Davidson using trade war as excuse to move

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump Trump accused motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc on Tuesday of using the trade war as an excuse to move production for European customers overseas.

“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,” Trump said on Twitter.

However, the company said it decided to build the Thailand plant after Trump pulled out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would have lowered import tariffs on its bikes in some of the fastest-growing motorcycle markets in Asia.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Eric Walsh

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