On Sunday Trump tweeted that "many" Harley-Davidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas.
Gatto, who said he avoids politics in business and his personal life, added that the company doesn't plan to make any changes in response to the escalating feud between Harley-Davidson and Trump. A really bad move!
Trump on Saturday welcomed members of a "Bikers for Trump" group to his New Jersey golf club, and on Sunday morning called it "great" that bike owners are planning to boycott Harley-Davidson.
The company's American-made motorcycles would continue to be sold in the U.S.
The relationship flipped after Harley announced plans earlier this summer to shift production of bikes destined for Europe to overseas facilities. The company said it would not change its longstanding policy of not selling motorcycles in the US that are made overseas.
Trump has since repeatedly called the company out, threatening that such a move would be the "beginning of the end".
"I want Harley-Davidson to prosper here in the State of WI - so of course I don't want a boycott of Harley-Davidson", Walker tweeted. He said "we should boycott Fake News CNN" on Twitter past year, and he reposted a message calling for a boycott of the NFL for failing to take more severe action against players who kneel during the national anthem.
Trump's attack on Harley-Davidson drew opposing reactions in Wisconsin, revealing the extent to which the president has repositioned the two parties on trade.
Harley-Davidson announced plans to move some production of motorcycles after the European Union imposed tariffs on imported USA bikes in retaliation to President Trump's tariffs on European steel and aluminum earlier in June.