Saturday 15 December 2018

Trump denies he’s to blame for Harley-Davidson decision

The firm said it is moving some motorcycle production overseas due to tariffs.

Mr Trump has said the motorcycle maker is using the tariffs issue as an excuse (AP)
Mr Trump has said the motorcycle maker is using the tariffs issue as an excuse (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

US president Donald Trump has denied that his trade policy is responsible for Harley-Davidson’s decision to move some motorcycle production overseas.

The company said it is acting because of tariffs it faces as part of a trade dispute between the US and the European Union.

However, Mr Trump said that is an excuse.

The US leader said in a series of tweets that the company had already announced it was closing a Kansas City plant. Union officials have said those jobs are going to Thailand, although Harley-Davidson denies this.

Mr Trump wrote: “That was long before Tariffs were announced. Hence, they were just using Tariffs/Trade War as an excuse. Shows how unbalanced & unfair trade is, but we will fix it ….”

The US president said he is getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, and open up closed markets.

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