1Harley Davidson executives meet with Trump at White House
President Donald Trump used a lunch meeting at the White House with executives and union leaders from Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Inc. to push his “America First” theme in trade deals.
“A lot of countries are taking advantage of us,” Trump said during a press briefing with the executives and union members.
“Thank you Harley-Davidson for building things in America,” Trump said during his remarks.
He also used the opportunity to tout his election night victory in Wisconsin. “I want to thank the people of Wisconsin,” Trump said. “Great people. Amazing people. And they get it.”
The president also focused on his theme of the need for health care and tax reform to help businesses succeed. He pledged to bring down the high cost of health care and also promised tax reform, issues he has repeatedly raised during his time so far in office.
Earlier in the week, Trump reportedly had planned to visit Harley’s production plant in Menomonee Falls on Thursday. Harley executives issued a statement denying that plan, saying they “don’t have, nor did we have, a scheduled visit from the President this week at any of our facilities.”
The Washington Post reported that Secret Service agents were scouting out the plant in advance for a visit by Trump. The newspaper said an employee at the Hilton City Center in Milwaukee was told by management to expect 100 Secret Service agents to be staying at the hotel by Wednesday.