Donald Trump’s recent controversial immigration ban sparked protests across the U.S. over the last week, and it seems that might have caused the president to cancel a trip to a well-known American manufacturer.
An official from the Trump administration told CNN on Tuesday that he had canceled his trip to the Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee. The company reportedly was uneasy with hosting the president given that it likely would lead to protests at the facility.
Trump was planning to visit Harley-Davidson’s plant Thursday, and was expected to sign executive orders connected to manufacturing while there.
The motorcycle manufacturer released a statement Tuesday, however, claiming it doesn’t have “nor did we have, a scheduled visit from the president this week at any of our facilities,” according to CNN. Although, Harley also made it seem as though the president had an open invitation to visit.
“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,” Maripat Blankenheim, director of Harley-Davidson’s corporate communication, told CNN in a statement. “We look forward to hosting the president in the future.”
Unlike many companies that have been publicly distancing themselves from Trump, Harley reportedly had no issue with the president wanting to sign executive actions at its facility. Instead, according to CNN’s source within the Trump administration, potential protests were the only thing that turned it off from hosting Trump.
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