Harley-Davidson and The Impact of Trump's Tariffs in Wisconsin

Jun 26, 2018

President Trump once again called out Harley-Davidson over the company's decision to move some production overseas.

The Milwaukee-based motorcycle maker will begin shifting the production of motorcycles heading for Europe from the U.S. to factories overseas.

The company is facing rising costs from retaliatory tariffs from the European Union--- made in response to the Trump Administration’s original tariffs on steel and aluminum, among other products.

NPR economic reporter Jim Zarroli has been following this story, along with broader changes to U.S. trade policy. He shares his observations with WUWM:

President Trump first weighed in, tweeting that he is “surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag.”

UW-Madison political science professor Jon Pevehouse says that these retaliatory tariffs are no surprise and explains the larger context of the so-called “trade war,” and its effect in Wisconsin: