Donald Trump backs boycott of Harley-Davidson in steel tariff dispute

Trump has lashed out more than a half-dozen times against Harley-Davidson

President Donald Trump tweeted support for Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners planning boycott of the company, The Hill reports.

Donald Trump stands with members of Bikers for Trump as they say the Pledge of Allegiance.

A Harley-Davidson logo adorns a bike outside of the Harley-Davidson of New York City showroom store, June 25, 2018 in the Queens borough of New York City. A really bad move!

His anger echoed that of President Trump, whose public denouncement of Harley's decision has put one of the country's most iconic brands in the uncomfortable position of clashing with a president who is immensely popular with most of its customers.

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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.

"To address the substantial cost of this tariff burden long-term, Harley-Davidson will be implementing a plan to shift production of motorcycles for European Union destinations from the U.S.to its worldwide facilities to avoid the tariff burden", the company wrote in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. In July, Harley-Davidson said it expects new tariffs to cost the company as much as $100 million annually. "USA will soon have a level playing field, or better". Harley-Davidson said the tariffs would add about $2,200 to the cost of the average bike built in the US and exported to the trading bloc.

Harley-Davidson has repeatedly declined to comment on Mr Trump's remarks over the course of the dispute.

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