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Trump backs boycott of Harley Davidson in steel tariff dispute

By Ginger Gibson

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence leaves after meeting with Harley Davidson executives at the South Lawn of the White House in Washington U.S., February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump backed boycotting American motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson Inc <HOG.N> on Sunday, the latest salvo in a dispute between the company and Trump over tariffs on steel.

 

The Wisconsin-based motorcycle manufacturer announced a plan earlier this year to move production of motorcycles for the European Union from the United States to its overseas facilities to avoid the tariffs imposed by the trading bloc in retaliation for Trump's duties on steel and aluminum imports.

 

In response, Trump has criticized Harley Davidson, calling for higher, targeted taxes and threatening to lure foreign producers to the United States to increase competition.

 

"Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! U.S. will soon have a level playing field, or better," Trump said in a Twitter post.

 

Harley Davidson has repeatedly declined to comment on Trump's remarks over the course of the dispute. The company could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday.

 

Harley has forecast that the EU tariffs would cost the company about $30 million to $45 million for the remainder of 2018 and $90 million to $100 million on a full-year basis.

 

Trump met Saturday with a group of bikers who support him, posing for pictures with about 180 bikers at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is on vacation.

 

Motorcycle companies based outside the United States include Japan's Honda Motor Co Ltd <7267.T> and Yamaha Corp <7951.T>, Europe's BMW <BMWG.DE> and Ducati as well as India's Hero MotoCorp Ltd <HROM.NS>, Bajaj Auto Ltd <BAJA.NS>, among others.

 

(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; editing by Grant McCool)

 
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Since the ' Easy Rider ' movie , Harley has been a symbol of Americas Freedom .

May be now it will become a symbol of resistance to Trump's politics ...?

 

 

I do not see Donald on a Harley anyway , but at least he should buy a Tesla ... ?

I forgot , no need for this as there is no climate change anyway ... so , back to the glorious V8's , who burn 15 gallons on 100 miles ...?

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10 minutes ago, alanrchase said:

The bikers showed their determination to boycott HD by turning up on their Harleys. 

Nice one, I like it

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Looks like a couple of angels just rode into town🤔 

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Most biker types back trump so far when muller gets done we will see typical trump bulley and destroy if not onboard the trump train wreck

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tbh i don't give a ,,, . never like HD or dream to own one. prefer Italian scooter or English motorcycle,  even though my bro own one.

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Crap over priced junk motorcycles. An entry level , beginner bike. Being made in India and I guess here as well. 

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10 minutes ago, NickJ said:

Crap over priced junk motorcycles. An entry level , beginner bike. Being made in India and I guess here as well. 

Most third world country simbolized HD as a symbol of success. I live and grew up in Bali , where my father work for BP, however he never sought after HD ..my daily driver are VW,Vespa & Lamny with mum & dad driving. Most retired army officer own HD and become member and sometime become the leader of the club. Just think how can a retired army officer or active can buy that with below 20k BHT . Sometime HD been associated with arogant above the law rider,which turn my head around. Even the most corrupt President in SE Asia ride a HD.

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