The White House meeting appears a rather strange move given Harley has, for the past few years, claimed its sales growth will come from reaching out to Black African Americans, women and Hispanics.
As part of their plan to increase international sales, Harley has also just opened a new dealership in Jakarta, Indonesia, the world’s most populated Muslim country.
While there may be big support at home among white Americans for Trump, none of those outreach groups, nor Muslim or other countries, would be expected to be a big Don supporter.
The White House South Lawn meeting looked pleasant enough and no big business was obviously addressed in the three minutes they were there.
Trump said at a later sit-down meeting with Harley execs and union officials: “”Harley-Davidson is a true American icon. One of the greats. You’ve given me tremendous support, your workers in particular.”
However, in the past few years, Harley has started building Street 500 and 750 models in India and bought a large parcel of land in Thailand where it is rumoured they will build an assembly plant.
Harley has also handed over its IT department to Indian company Infosys. The Indian tech company has been criticised for employing highly skilled immigrants instead of Americans and is facing class action over discriminatory employment practices.