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Donald Trump backs Harley-Davidson boycott if manufacturing moves overseas

President Trump tweeted Sunday about Harley-Davidson's reported plans

President Trump tweeted Sunday about Harley-Davidson's reported plans to move some production overseas amid retaliatory tariffs. Credit: AP / Richard Drew

President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed support for boycotts of motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson and criticized special counsel Robert Mueller’s “phony investigation” into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia in a series of tweets.

Following a visit Saturday by pro-Trump motorcycle riders to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump has been on vacation, Trump brushed off reports that Harley-Davidson may move some manufacturing overseas because of new tariffs.

The European Union imposed the tariffs on the company’s exports in response to U.S. tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, Newsday has reported.

Trump tweeted shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday: “Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great! Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move! U.S. will soon have a level playing field, or better.”

Asked for comment, Harley-Davidson spokesman Michael Pflughoeft cited a recent CNBC interview with Matthew Levatich, CEO of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, company.

"Our preference in all cases is to supply the world from the United States," Levatich said. "But we have to do what we have to do based on the facts and circumstances before us."

Trump also took aim at the Russia investigation, quoting Fox News host Jeanine Pirro in arguing that the probe was built on faulty or biased evidence.

“No Collusion!” the president tweeted.

Trump later quoted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who suggested on "Fox & Friends" that the Department of Justice had sought to prevent Trump from becoming president.

“If this had happened to the other side, everybody involved would be in jail,” the president wrote. “This is a Media coverup of the biggest story of our time.”

Issa was referring to reports that Justice Department official Bruce Ohr had met with a former British spy who helped assemble a dossier of allegations against Trump.

Additionally, Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the company that produced the dossier. However, Bruce Ohr worked in drug enforcement at the Justice Department and was not involved in the Russia probe, The New York Times has reported.

Bruce Ohr will testify before Congress later this month, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) wrote on Twitter Friday.

Also Sunday, Trump touted the nation’s strong economy and low unemployment rate.

“Our country is booming like never before — and it will get even better!” he wrote.


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