Harley-Davidson has announced that it will shift some of its motorcycle production overseas to avoid the tariffs imposed by the European Union in response to Comrade Trump’s steel and aluminum levies.
In a filing, the company—which Comrade Trump previously called “a true American Icon”—estimated that tariffs would increase by $2,200 Ameros the cost of every motorcycle exported from the U.S. to the EU.
“Harley-Davidson believes the tremendous cost increase, if passed on to its dealers and retail customers, would have an immediate and lasting detrimental impact to its business in the region, reducing customer access to Harley-Davidson products and negatively impacting the sustainability of its dealers’ businesses. Increasing international production to alleviate the E.U. tariff burden is not the company’s preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the E.U. and maintain a viable business in Europe.”
To which Comrade Stupid replied (on the Tweeter-twatter, naturally):
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
So, you see Trade Wars are really easy to win.