President Donald Trump is doubling down on his threat against motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson for moving their production overseas, saying they'll 'take a big hit' as their customers are also his voters.
'I devoted a lot of time to Harley Davidson. I treated him good. I guarantee you everybody that ever bought a Harley Davidson voted for Trump,' the president said on 'Sunday Morning Futures' on Fox News.
He noted he didn't 'like that they're leaving' and that 'I don't think they should do it.'
He added: 'I think they're going to take a big hit. I just think it's a great American product and our people have more pride then they used to have. I really believe that Harley's going to take a – the people that are buying Harley Davidson, they don't want it built in another country.'
President Trump warned Harley Davidson their customers are his voters
TheTrump has already said Harley would find itself slapped with 'big' tariffs in the U.S. if it tried to bring bikes home that it had manufactured abroad
'Those are my voters. They don't want Harley Davidson getting cute to make $2 more,' he noted.
And when asked if, as president, he should call out specific companies, Trump was quick to say: 'Yes, yes I should.'
Trump has blasted the company for its plans to produce some of its iconic motorcycles in Thailand.
'Harley-Davidson should stay 100% in America, with the people that got you your success. I've done so much for you, and then this,' a frustrated Trump tweeted last week.
'Other companies are coming back where they belong! We won't forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!
Trump had claimed Tuesday that the tough-guy brand had 'surrendered' to a hostile foreign government in a trade war and risked facing unprecedented tariffs on anything it ships into the U.S. from the Far East.
'A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country – never! Their employees and customers are already very angry at them,' he vented on Twitter a day ago.
'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!'
President Donald Trump moved his Internet banter with Harley-Davidson from a negotiation to all-out condemnation on Wednesday
'These are my voters,' Trump said of Harley Davidson riders
The president blasting the company on Twitter for its plans to produce some of its iconic motorcycles in Thailand
Trump flatly criticized the company on Tuesday for caving to tariff pressure and relocating
The president said Tuesday that he suspects Harley's customers will not be happy with the company's decision to engage in outsourcing after telling the motorcycle manufacturer on Monday that it needed to be patient.
Trump was in Harley-Davidson's home state of Wisconsin on Thursday for events that included at least one stop in the company's headquarters city of Milwaukee. There he warned them: 'Don't get cute with us.'
The firm said Monday in a statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it could lose as much as $100 million per year if it doesn't shift more of its manufacturing abroad.
In a meeting with lawmakers later on Tuesday and tweets early that morning, Trump said Harley was just using his tariffs as an excuse.
'I don't like that. I've been very good to Harley,' he said. 'I think that the people who ride Harleys [are] not happy with Harley-Davidson.'
Trump said that the U.S. has become the 'bank that everyone wants to steel from and plunder' across the globe and so he had to implement the tariffs. 'Can't be that way,' he added.
He asserted that because of the tariffs, other nations are now coming around to the United States' position on some of the trade issues.
'Without tariffs, you would never do that,' he said.
Harley-Davidson sold more than 147,000 motorcycles in the U.S. alone last year
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence met in February 2017 with Harley Davidson executives and union representatives on the South Lawn of the White House – long before the company risked the president's ire by bucking his insistence on keeping American jobs in the U.S.
Trump tweeted that Harley-Davidson had planned to move some production facilities to the Far East before he announced tariffs that could bring international trade numbers in balance
'It's great to have Harley-Davidson. What a great, great group of people and