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United States President Donald J. Trump participates in a meeting with the Prime Minster of The Netherlands, Mark Rutte, at The White House in Washington, DC, July 2, 2018. Credit: Chris Kleponis / Abaca

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says the administration is courting motorcycle companies that want to move to the U.S. after Harley-Davidson said it’s moving some assembly overseas.

Harley-Davidson drew President Trump’s wrath last week after the manufacturer announced it’s moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe to facilities outside the U.S. The company blamed the decision on tariffs imposed by the European Union to retaliate for tariffs President Trump imposed on a host of EU products.

President Trump says Tuesday on Twitter that Harley-Davidson customers aren’t happy with the Milwaukee-based company’s announcement. He also notes that sales were down 7 percent in 2017, but a sales drop last year cannot be attributed to Harley-Davidson’s announcement last week.

President Trump didn’t name any motorcycle companies. The White House had no immediate comment.

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