Trump fumes at In­dia’s 50% tar­iff on Har­leys

US Pres­i­dent’s com­ments comes ahead of his meet­ing with Modi in Japan

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Washington: Ahead of his meet­ing with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has again crit­i­cised In­dia’s high im­port tar­iff on the iconic Har­ley David­son mo­tor­cy­cles as “un­ac­cept­able”, though he ac­knowl­edged that his “good friend” slashed the duty by half from 100 per cent.

Trump’s com­ments came as he and Modi have agreed to meet on the side­lines of the G20 Sum­mit in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29. Trump, who looks at ev­ery bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship from the prism of econ­omy, has called In­dia a “tar­iff king” and threat­ened to im­pose re­cip­ro­cal tar­iffs on In­dian prod­ucts.

Trump, in an in­ter­view to CBS News on Mon­day, said the United States, un­der his lead­er­ship, is a coun­try that can no longer be fooled.

“We’re not the fool­ish coun­try that does so badly. You look at In­dia, very good


friend of mine, Prime Min­is­ter (Naren­dra) Modi, you take a look at what they’ve done, 100 per cent tax on a mo­tor­cy­cle. We charge them noth­ing,” Trump said.

Trump was re­fer­ring to the im­port tar­iff on the Har­ley David­son mo­tor­cy­cles, an is­sue that has been close to his heart and wants In­dia to re­duce the duty to zero.

“So, when Har­ley sends over there, they have 100 per cent tax. When they (In­dia) send in they make a tremen­dous num­ber of mo­tor­cy­cles when they send them in, no tax. I called him. I said it’s un­ac­cept­able,” Trump said, re­fer­ring to his con­ver­sa­tion with Prime Min­is­ter Modi.

“He (Modi) re­duced it by 50 per cent with one phone call. I said it’s still un­ac­cept­able be­cause it’s 50 per cent

Don­ald Trump also called In­dia ‘tar­iff king’

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