President Trump’s planned Thursday visit to the Harley factory has been canceled because the White House was not comfortable with likely protests because of his controversial immigration executive order. He was supposed to tour the facility and planned to sign executive orders related to American manufacturing. Instead, tomorrow Thursday morning, a couple of Harley executives will be received by Trump at the White House
Although White House staffers were already on the ground in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson issued a statement Tuesday night saying we “don’t have a scheduled visit from the President this week at any of our facilities.” Evidently, mass protests would have been a PR nightmare for both the White House and Harley-Davidson, especially in a context where the manufacturer tries to attract a new clientele of Millennials dominantly opposed to the new administration.
“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. These visits are a testament to the pride and passion of our employees and their great work building Harley-Davidson motorcycles,” said Maripat Blankenheim, director of Harley-Davidson’s corporate communication. “We look forward to hosting the president in the future.”