Trump backs boycott of Harley Davidson in steel tariff dispute

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US President Donald Trump has backed boycotting American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson, the latest salvo in a dispute between the company and Mr Trump over tariffs on steel. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors.

Trump has taken it personally since Wisconsin-based manufacturer - once a presidential favourite - announced on Monday it is moving some production out of the US.

An array of U.S. companies have complained they are being hurt by the administration's tariff policies. "US will soon have a level playing field, or better", Trump wrote in a Twitter post.

The comment came as part of The Times" wider look at the reaction of pro-Trump motorcyclists to President TrumpDonald John TrumpKavanaugh once said president would likely have to testify before grand jury if subpoenaed: report Twitter says InfoWars account will remain online despite violating its rules Melania Trump family immigration lawyer praises so-called "chain migration' MORE's feud with Harley-Davidson.

The company, which is already affected by the administration's 25% tax on steel and aluminum exported from the European Union, announced in June it would move production of bikes sold in Europe out of the U.S.as a result of the retaliatory steel tariffs imposed by the world's largest trade bloc.

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Harley doesn't sell motorcycles in the U.S. that are built overseas, and the company has said that won't change.

According to The Times, many bikers are now turning against the company, placing their loyalty to the brand second to their loyalty to Trump. The company could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday.

"Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas".

Earlier this year Harley-Davidson said shifting targeted production from the United States to global facilities could take up to 18 months to be completed.

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