Donald Trump again goes after India on trade, says it slaps 'big tariffs' on American products
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has criticised India's "big tariffs" on American paper products and the iconic Harley-Davidson bikes, saying the US has been losing billions of dollars to countries like India, China and Japan.
Addressing a Republican political rally in Wisconsin state's Green Bay city on Sunday, Trump alleged that every country has been ripping off America for years.
The President has repeatedly claimed that India is a "tariff king" and imposes "tremendously high" tariffs on American products.
"For so many decades we've been losing tens of billions of dollars to China and Japan, and India, and name any country and we lost, but we're not losing anymore," he said to his cheering supporters.
He said that the US was being charged high tariffs on foreign paper products.
"We charge other countries zero tariffs on foreign paper products, but when Wisconsin paper companies export it abroad... China charged us big tariffs, India charged us big tariffs, Vietnam charge us massive tariffs," Trump said.
He claimed that people of the US demanded a government that puts America first.
"And we're doing that with China, we're doing that with India, we're doing that with Japan, we're doing it with a great new trade deal, that hopefully will get approved in the house," the President said.
Early this year, at a White House event to announce his support for reciprocal tax, Trump had said that he was satisfied with the Indian decision to reduce the import tariff on high-end Harley-Davidson motorcycles from 100 per cent to 50 per cent.
The US President said that he called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
"So India charged a 100 per cent tariff on Harley-Davidson, but when they send their motorcycles and they may come to us, we charge them nothing," Trump said.
"So I called up Prime Minister Modi, I said unfair, he cut it 50 per cent... But that's not good enough because look, it's 50 per cent to nothing. And what we're doing is changing all of that stuff, changing all of that rapidly," he added.
India's exports to the US in 2017-18 stood at $47.9 billion, while imports were $26.7 billion. The trade balance is in favour of India.
Pappu GhoosKHOR Baap Bofors CHOR - 1 day ago -Follow
American products are the most rubbish in the world when compared to Japanese, German and other European products. They are even worse than Chinese ones. Only fools buy Iphones.
Saahil - 23 hours ago -Follow
the American do the same.. when India buys arms from America...
Angshuman - 23 hours ago -Follow
we can live without Harley Davidson bikes but can your economy live without access to Indian markets?
Annepu Giridhar Rao - chennai - 23 hours ago -Follow
no one cares about Harely davidson motor cycles in India.
Ulhas - Navi Mumbai - 23 hours ago -Follow
BOYCOTT US goods! Their goods like colas, burgers, almonds, orange juice and walnuts is something we can do without. But not Iran oil.
Rich Tech - 22 hours ago -Follow
The way Trump is concerned about America economy, similarly India needs to take initiatives for China and increase exports and reduce imports.
Dinesh Achuthan - 22 hours ago -Follow
Harley will stop doing business in India if it is not profitable. But Harley has plans to open more showrooms and also shift the manufacturing base to India.
Vedantham Sheshashar - Bangalore - 23 hours ago -Follow
Trump, you get into any mall in US. 80% of the products sold there are from China, Japan, Thailand. Why shouldn''t they sell only US products? Tell your people to buy only US products - America first. People in India buy bikes made in India.
Ea EnKi - 22 hours ago -Follow
This Buddha has lost his mind completely, India''s trade with USA is hardly $90 Billion, with China, it is $750 Billion.
Javed Badshah - uae - 23 hours ago -Follow
What Americans manufacture the best are War machines/planes and passenger air crafts. Apart from that, almost all there goods are manufactured in China. India is being targeted by Trump for Charging high custom duties which are added on the products and passed on to the consumer. Hence how is the USA being affected by this
William India - MANGALORE - 23 hours ago -Follow
NOW TRUMP IS KEEP ON NON TRUSTING INDIA
Pbch Chowdhuri - India - 14 hours ago -Follow
It is rather difficult to find US products in the US.
R - Gurgaon - 18 hours ago -Follow
Most of American products are sourced from China with American "branding". Whats he carping about?
Chowkidar Bhakt - 21 hours ago -Follow
It appears Trump is having shares in Harly-Davidson company ! This is third time is referring this bike and taxing - This bike is not fit for Indian Market as its'' fuel economy is worst and at the most it can be a symbol for the ultra rich
Mohan K - Hyderabad - 21 hours ago -Follow
India wants to promote make in India, made for India and therefore there is no place for other country products and even we are getting rid of Chinese products.
Vishwanath Gk - 22 hours ago -Follow
First try Making in USA using authentic Americans( not Indians or Chinese)... then talk .Very soon USA is going to beg Indians offering sops to come to USA with Visa on entry !
Smoking - Land of Cannabis Indica - 23 hours ago -Follow
Harley's sales in India is approximately" Negligible"
And " Negligible " x 100% tax = Negligible
Why so much Brouhaha!!!!
BTW I am not an economist ..
Indian - 18 hours ago -Follow
he is correct... Asian countries impose higher tariffs in order to protect local trade. this is not ethical.
Prem - 22 hours ago -Follow
Many Indians entire month earnings is what Americans spend on eating one day food. Capitalism is the worst form of slavery yo American King.
Shasti Brata - 21 hours ago -Follow
We should NOT get into a trade war with Trump but allow him to focus all his efforts on cutting China down to size.
Sudhir Pratap Singh - bangalore - 23 hours ago -Follow
Ban American Products..
Jumla Expert - 23 hours ago -Follow
Slumdogs can''t drive Harley. Trump does not know this.
US is Superpower, India is Superpoor.
Arhaan Dey - 1 day ago -Follow
Trump should realize that if he pisses off Indians, he will lose a GREAT ALLY in Asia.