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Trump Will Slap Reciprocal Tax On India If Voted To White House

Trump Will Slap Reciprocal Tax On India If Voted To White House

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – Reiterating that India imposes high tariffs on American companies that manufacture motorcycles and cars, former President Donald Trump has said he will slap reciprocal tax if voted to power in 2024.

Referring to the import tariff on the Harley Davidson motorcycles, Trump has been wanting India to reduce the export duty to zero since 2019 when he was president.

In an interview on Fox Business News, Trump said: “What would happen if America imposed a similar tax on Indian products entering the US? The other thing I want to have been a matching tax where, if India charges us — India is very big with tariffs. I mean, I saw it with Harley-Davidson. I was saying, how do you do in a place like India? Oh, no good sir. Why? They have 100 percent and 150 percent and 200 percent tariffs.”

“So, I said, so they can sell their Indian motorbike. They make a bike, an Indian motorbike. They can sell that into our country with no tax, no tariff, but when you make a Harley, when you send it over there — because they were doing no business. I said, How come you don’t do business with India? The tariff is so high that nobody wants it. But what they want us to do is, they want us to go over and build a plant, and then you have no tariff.”

The former President went on to say that “if India is charging us too, so what I want to have been a… call its retribution”.

“You could call it whatever you want. If they are charging us, we charge them,” he said in response to a question.

In an earlier interview with CBS News in 2019, Trump, who is currently facing a series of court cases and indictments, had said that the US could no longer be fooled under his leadership.

“We’re not the foolish country that does so badly. You look at India, a very good friend of mine, Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, you look at what they’ve done, 100 percent tax on a motorcycle. We charge them nothing.”

India slashed the customs duty on the Wisconsin-based motorcycle maker to 50 percent in 2018 after Trump called it “unfair” and threatened to increase the tariff on the import of Indian bikes to the US.

Calling it still unacceptable, the former President had ruled that America is a bank that everybody wants to “rob”.

The Harley Davidson brand entered the Indian market in 2007 after the US agreed to lift the ban on India’s mango exports to the US.

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  • All gimmicks for votes. If Trump and Modi are both elected, expect the relations to leapfrog like never before. Pakistan would shit at the thought of Modi visiting trump in the WH again.

    As for the arsenal in India’s bag.

    Not even the WTO would help if India put a 50% tax on all products that contain labor/product from countries actively engaged in military conflict, terrorism and covert operations against India and Indian. That would mean all US products without ever attacking USA. USA would have a tough time negotiating that challenge. That includes Chinese citizens working for American companies on green cards, temp student related VISAs and more

    India is not the same India from Congress days. The people have tasted the fruits of development and pride. Congress will have a very tough time to put that back in the bag.

    August 21, 2023
    • USA has many more things to worry about in a direct fight with India. India could place 1000% tax on any country or company that helped any country actively engaged in a conflict with India; including supporting terrorism and covert operations, providing military equipment, training or funding. It would put USA directly in the target for taxes without being the named country.

      August 21, 2023
  • Former DEFEATED president Trump is a Flip flip “Lord of the Lies” like he said many times :
    -We better get all oil from Iraqi government for our war with them😃😃😃.!!! Wow Did he got one drop of oil free from them??? NO😃
    -Liar Trump said Maxico will pay fir the wall !!! Did Maxico paid or ever said yes??? NO.😃
    – He is loaded with so many lies in his brain ….NO SOLID PLAN OR PILICY IN HIS TENURE!!! Now alert voters and smart People care less now what’s comes from his mouth. DUMB TRUMP CAN NOT FOOL THE ALERT VOTERS AGAIN👍🏻

    August 21, 2023
  • Why is India West Journal biased against Trump and Republicans ? Be fair in journalism. There is good in Trump too. You just refuse to write good things about him. So India West Journal is no difference than CNN, MSNBC & other media. I will be waiting for you to write goods of Trump, otherwise, you are very biased because probably the state you are located in – Cali

    August 23, 2023

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