Trump tweet on Harley-Davidson move after tariff, European Union trade fight

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Among the items subject to a new 25 percent tariff are orange juice, whisky and motorcycles.

Harley-Davidson said Monday it was moving production of motorcycles sold in Europe from USA factories to facilities overseas because of retaliatory tariffs it faces in an escalating trade dispute between involving Trump's administration and the European Union. "Increasing global production to alleviate the European Union tariff burden is not the company's preference, but represents the only sustainable option to make its motorcycles accessible to customers in the European Union and maintain a viable business in Europe".

"Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand". The company doesn't have specific information on where production for the European Union will take place, he said. "Taxes just a Harley excuse - be patient!"

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On March 9, Trump had imposed heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminium items, leading to fears of a global trade war. "And it was like they couldn't leave the room fast enough", he said recollecting his conversation with G-7 leaders in Canada recently.

The tweet was Trump's latest in what has become a days-long effort to pressure Harley-Davidson to halt its plan to build some of its bikes overseas in response to new tariffs from Europe.

Trump has dismissed the notion that his tariffs are to blame for Harley-Davidson's decision and has accused the company of using the duties as a false pretense for moving production out of the U.S. That was long before Tariffs were announced. Trump has defended it by arguing that this is in retaliation to the imbalance of trade that the United States has with major trading partners including China, the European Union and India. "Other companies are coming back where they belong!" We are opening up closed markets and expanding our footprint.

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Trump even made passing reference to tariffs during the meeting, saying they were a way to help the firm.

"Harley-Davidson is a true American icon, one of the greats". External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be in the USA for talks with their American counterparts Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis. "Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into US without paying a big tax!"

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