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Trump blasts Harley - and gets his facts wrong - again

28 June, 2018, 11:25 | Author: Sara Gill
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Some of the new rates were put into effect immediately while others will come into force from August 4.

The rift is particularly notable because Harley-Davidson has traditionally, had strong support within the GOP. He incorrectly said Harley was moving production to Asia from the USA, when in fact the expansion in Thailand was unrelated to the closing in Missouri.

Harley-Davidson says it would lose about $2,200 for each bike it exported, and a total of up to $100 million a year, due to the hike.

Trump said this while defending his recent decision to impose tariffs on the import of foreign products.

Trump recently imposed steep tariffs on aluminum and steel imported from Canada, Mexico and Europe in his bid to level the trade playing field and reduce trade deficits between the USA and its trade partners.

President Trump tweeted Tuesday that Harley-Davidson had already announced it was closing a Kansas City plant and moving those jobs to Thailand. Rather, Harley-Davidson opened a factory in Thailand after Trump pulled the USA out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse.


Once the news was out, President Trump rushed to Twitter to make his feelings known.

The factory in Thailand, which will open later this year, would let Harley-Davidson avoid the country's up to 60 percent tariffs on imported motorcycles and help it get tax breaks while exporting to neighboring countries, according to the company. Harley must know that they won't be able to sell back into US without paying a big tax!

Harley-Davidson executives met with President Trump at the White House a year ago after President Trump canceled a visit to the company's headquarters in Milwaukee because protests had been planned. That was an empty threat - all motorcycles Harley sells in the United States come from American factories, and the company won't import into the market.

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. If they move, watch it, it will be the beginning of the end.

It was unclear what taxes Trump was referring to, and why the company might have to pay them, since it will maintain production in the United States for US customers. "I understand that the President is a tough negotiator, but I urge him to consider a more targeted approach that protects American workers and businesses".

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