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Trump Threatens To Tax Harley-Davidson ‘Like Never Before’ For Moving Abroad In Response To His Tariffs

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Trump Threatens To Tax Harley-Davidson ‘Like Never Before’ For Moving Abroad In Response To His Tariffs




President Trump on Tuesday threatened to tax Harley-Davidson for moving production overseas in response to his tariffs, saying “they will be taxed like never before” and warning that “it will be the beginning of the end” for the motorcycle giant.

“Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would move much of their plant operations in Kansas City to Thailand. That was long before Tariffs were announced,” Trump tweeted. “Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse. Shows how unbalanced & unfair trade is, but we will fix it.”

“We are getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers that have been unfairly used for years against our farmers, workers and companies. We are opening up closed markets and expanding our footprint. They must play fair or they will pay tariffs!”




“When I had Harley-Davidson officials over to the White House, I chided them about tariffs in other countries, like India, being too high. Companies are now coming back to America. Harley must know that they won’t be able to sell back into U.S. without paying a big tax!”

The Hill added:

The Wisconsin-based motorcycle giant announced on Monday that it would shift production of some of its bikes overseas in order to dodge stiff tariffs imposed by the EU in response to Trump’s duties on steel and aluminum imports.

Tariffs on the motorcycles were among several trade measures threatened by the EU after the Trump administration announced the steel and aluminum tariffs last month. Those duties have become a sore spot in relations between the U.S. and some of its closest allies, including Canada, France and Germany.

Harley-Davidson has shifted some of its production to India and Thailand in the face of high tariffs in those countries.

Trump then cited a study of tariffs on cars from EU countries, saying “it will all even out.”

He later warned that if the motorcycle company shifts production abroad, it will be the “beginning of the end” for them.

Last Friday, Trump threatened to place a 20 percent tariff on all European cars entering the U.S.




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