Harley-Davidson factory cancels Trump visit, fearing protests over travel ban

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(VIDEO)----Talk about a vicious cycle.

The Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee has canceled a scheduled visit from President Trump — for fear of planning protests, according to a report.

Trump planned to visit the motorcycle factory on Thursday, and to sign unspecified executive orders there related to American manufacturing. His team made no public announcement about the visit, but White House staffers were already in Milwaukee setting it up.

But an administration official told CNN Tuesday the visit was canceled because the company felt “uncomfortable” about planned protests over Trump’s executive order on travel bans.

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President Trump will not visit the motorcycle factory this week.

President Trump will not visit the motorcycle factory this week.

(Evan Vucci/AP)

The White House confirmed that Trump would not be making it to Milwaukee, while Harley-Davidson only said in a statement that did not have, “nor did we have, a scheduled visit from the President this week at any of our facilities.”

Harley-Davidson also acknowledged that three of the past five Presidents — Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush — visited the facility.

“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, said in a statement.

“We look forward to hosting the president in the future.”

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The Democratic National Committee immediately mocked the news.

“Donald Trump is a real tough guy when it comes to locking up a scared 5-year-old boy trying to find his mother,” Zac Petkanas, a senior adviser at the DNC, told the New York Times after learning about the cancellation.

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The Harley-Davidson factory reportedly feared protests if Trump came.


“But as soon as he has to face the American people to defend his illegal anti-Muslim ban, he chickens out. What a profile in courage.”

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said later on Wednesday that Trump still plans to meet with Harley-Davidson executives.

Wisconsin was one of the swing states where Trump pulled off a surprise victory on Election Day — becoming the first Republican to win the state since 1984.

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