Ahead of 2+2 dialogue, Trump says India charges 100% tariff

Ahead of 2+2 dialogue, Trump says India charges 100% tariff

Trump went on to say "When I had Harley-Davidson officials over to the White House, I chided them about tariffs in other countries, like India, being too high".

President Trump has time and again pointed out to the iconic American motorcycle brand, as he pursues a protectionist trade policy, but instead Harley-Davidson seems to be facing the heat, following the retaliatory tariff hikes in the European Union and announced even in India.

"Live to ride, ride to live, Harley Davidson's", is engraved on this air cleaner cover.

His comments extended his feud with Harley-Davidson into a third day, tweeting that the motorcycle manufacturer, which already has some production in foreign markets, "should stay 100 per cent in America".

Since announcing this week that it would relocate some of its production to mitigate the impact of retaliatory European tariffs, Harley-Davidson's chief executive has been the subject of an online smear campaign. Harley-Davidson now increasingly relies on overseas markets with a dwindling customer base in the US.

He said the company has been working with Twitter to see if the tweets could be removed and to figure out where they originated. The Aura will be gone and they will be taxed like never before!

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In January, Harley-Davidson said it would close a plant in Kansas City, Missouri, due to a sharp drop in United States demand for its motorcycles, but said it would consolidate work done there into its plant in Pennsylvania. The E.U., Mexico and Canada were initially excluded from the tariffs when Trump announced them in March, but that expired on June 1.

"A Harley-Davidson should never be built in another country-never!" he said earlier on Twitter. "Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse", he said.

The factory in Thailand, which will open later this year, would let Harley-Davidson avoid the country's up to 60% tariffs on imported motorcycles and help it get tax breaks while exporting to neighbouring countries, according to the company.

Earlier in the trade battle, Trump cited India's high tariffs on imported motorcycles as an example of why tougher trade policy was necessary.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, whose district is home to some of Harley-Davidson's facilities, also pointed to the company as an American firm that would be a victor from tax reform.

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