President Trump was scheduled to visit Harley-Davidson tomorrow, but those plans have since been scrapped because of Harley-Davidson’s worry about protests at the event.
Trump’s trip was supposed to include a tour of Harley-Davidson’s Menomonee Falls factory, where he would then sign several executive orders that relate to manufacturing in the United States.
With protests continuing over President Trump’s taking office, and the subsequent executive orders and personnel changes he has made to the government, reports are swirling that Harley-Davidson has backed away from hosting the 45th president.
Trump’s visit to Harley-Davidson was not announced publicly, though sources in the administration have confirmed the trip to CNN. To its credit, Harley-Davidson is denying the trip was on the books as well, releasing the following statement:
“We are proud to have hosted Presidential visits at our facilities. Three of the last five presidents — Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton — have visited us at our facilities,” said Maripat Blankenheim, Director of Harley-Davidson’s corporate communication.
“These visits are a testament to the pride and passion of our employees and their great work building Harley-Davidson motorcycles.” She added, “we look forward to hosting the President in the future.”
Like with the instance with Kawasaki, brands (including those in the motorcycle industry) are going to have to manage a delicate balance when it comes to dealing with the current Presidential administration – it should be obvious right now that Trump is a lightning rod, for both sides of the political spectrum.