Harley Davidson Denies ‘Muslim Ban’ Protestors Prevented Meeting With Trump


By Ted Goodman

Harley Davidson canceled an event with President Donald Trump after the motorcycle manufacturer grew wary of potential protests, according to a CNN report Tuesday.

According to CNN, the event was scheduled to take place in Milwaukee, Wisc., Thursday, where Trump was to tour a Harley Davidson factory and sign two executive orders related to American manufacturing. The White House was already in Milwaukee preparing for the event. Fox 6 in Milwaukee reported that the White House confirmed the planned visit Monday.

Harley-Davidson said that they “don’t, nor did we have, a scheduled visit from the President this week at any of our facilities,” in a statement released Tuesday evening. The company said that “We are proud to have hosted Presidential visits at our facilities,” and added that “We look forward to hosting the president in the future.”

Members of Trump’s advance team were reportedly scouting out locations for a presidential visit. Harley Davidson’s corporate headquarters is located in Milwaukee, and the company produces the engines and transmissions for its iconic motorcycle in nearby Menomonee Falls. A Harley museum in Milwaukee is also a popular attraction.

Protests over the president’s Friday executive order related to temporary refugee bans reached a boiling point over the weekend, which reportedly weighed on the minds of Harley Davidson officials. On Tuesday, a White House spokesperson said that the President was “not expected to go to Milwaukee on Thursday.” (RELATED: Hypocrisy – Scarborough Slams Obama’s Response To Travel Ban)

While the company denied the reports that a Thursday meeting with the President was scheduled, the Milwaukee Business Journal reported that a temporary flight restriction was put in place in the air space around Milwaukee. The flight restriction, which has since been lifted, is a security precaution typical for presidential visits.

While impromptu protests that took place at airports across America concerned Harley Davidson officials enough to prompt the American motorcycle icon to nix the trip, officials that Trump planned to meet in Wisconsin, will instead visit the President in Washington, according to Salon.

A large contingent of motorcyclists who referred to themselves as “Bikers for Trump,” descended on Washington, D.C. during Inauguration weekend in order to show their support for the 45th President.

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