Now, lawmakers are weighing in.
He says the ultimate goal should be no tariffs.
Harley-Davidson's goal is to fulfill dreams of personal freedom for customers who live in the European Union and across the world, and the company remains fully engaged with government officials in both the USA and the EU helping to find sustainable solutions to trade issues and rescind all tariffs that restrict free and fair trade. The publication notes that the motorcycle manufacturer doesn't want to raise prices over fears that it will lose customers to its competitors.
Harley-Davidson determined that the tariffs would therefore eat up $30 million to $45 million of the current year's profit. These are not, however, the only layoffs associated with Donald Trump's European Union tariff negotiation strategy.
It remains to be seen whether Harley-Davidson's decision to shift some manufacturing operations overseas will force layoffs at its American plants in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Outside the US, Harley-Davidson has manufacturing facilities in India, Brazil and Australia. That decision, of course, was made after Trump chose to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade treaty that Harley had said it supported.
Harley-Davidson did not immediately return a request for comment.
Harley-Davidson will shift production of new models out of U.S. in a desperate attempt to avoid fall out from trade war. "We need to hold China accountable for its trade abuses, but that does not need to come at the expense of American workers and businesses".
Harley has warned consistently against tariffs, saying they would negatively impact sales.
But the company's shift overseas is a outcome of the Trump administration's tariffs. Not all barriers to trade originated with the current administration.
While Trump has repeatedly claimed that the US can win trade wars, victims are starting to pile up at home and overseas.
Harley-Davidson's stock, and the Dow Jones as a whole, dipped Monday morning as trade-war fears mounted.
Late Monday afternoon President Trump tweeted, "Surprised that Harley-Davidson, of all companies, would be the first to wave the White Flag".
CBS 58 reached out to Harley for a statement and have not heard back. There's disagreement on the impact on jobs. It added that the decision is the only way to operate a viable business in Europe, which Harley-Davidson called a 'critical market'.
"Harley-Davidson expects ramping up production in global plants will require incremental investment and could take at least 9 to 18 months to be fully complete". The company provided no details of the number of jobs that would be lost as a result of the production change. It's unclear at this stage where production outside of the United States will be carried out.
The company went on: "Harley-Davidson's goal is to fulfil dreams of personal freedom for customers who live in the European Union and across the world, and the company remains fully engaged with government officials in both the United States and the EU helping to find sustainable solutions to trade issues and rescind all tariffs that restrict free and fair trade".
The maker of the iconic American motorcycle said in a regulatory filing Monday that European Union tariffs on its motorcycles exported from the US jumped between 6 percent and 31 percent, which translates into an additional, incremental cost of about $2,200 per average motorcycle exported from the U.S.to the EU.