President Trump used the recent tariff woes hitting Harley-Davidson to double down on his threats to China and other trading partners that he’s prepared to tank any number of American businesses to punish their unfair trade practices. “Caterpillar, Carrier, 3M . . . no one has more good companies to destroy than I do when it comes to waging trade wars,” Trump said this morning.
Harley-Davidson, the iconic motorcycle manufacturer that Trump hosted at the White House early in his presidency, just announced plans to send some manufacturing outside the United States because of tariffs being imposed on it by other countries in retaliation for the tariffs Trump imposed on them.
“We don’t want to move,” said Matt Levatich, the company’s CEO. “We want to keep building our products here, but in the face of these new tariffs, it’s unlikely we can maintain our domestic operations.”
Trump said the company’s decision proves his trade actions are starting to bite. “I said winning a trade war would be easy and you can see how quickly one of our last remaining motorcycle companies folded,” Trump said.
More tough measures on American companies are coming if China, Canada, and European countries don’t back down from their tariffs on American products, Trump said. “We have strong companies now,” he said. “Let’s see how strong they are tomorrow when you retaliate against my next wave of tariffs.”
Levatich, who met personally with Trump when his company visited the White House, said he didn’t realize at the time he had run over his foot when he had ridden one of his bikes onto the White House driveway. “I didn’t feel it back in 2017,” he said. “It’s sure hurting now.”
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President Donald Trump said in a press briefing today that his administration has talked more about helping working class Americans than any administration in the United States. “No one’s talking about the interests of our workers like I am,” said Trump, whose tax reform plan, released in late April, cut taxes for corporations and pass-through entities, of which The Trump Organization is one. Most middle-class homeowners would see their taxes go up because the plan would eliminate the deductions for mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and state and local taxes. It would keep the mortgage interest deduction, but that’s not enough to offset the losses elsewhere, pushing them to take a new $24,000 standard deduction that’s less than what they got when they itemized. More.
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America’s foremost car enthusiast magazine, Car and Driver, is now called Car, the publisher announced. “The world is rapidly moving toward a driverless future, and Car is leading the trend as it always has when it was Car and Driver,” says Addie Elterman, the magazine’s editor. Elterman says the magazine will have the same exciting content only the focus will be on things that don’t have anything to do with driving a car. “Are your seats comfortable? Is there plenty of onboard entertainment? We want to make sure our readers are prepared for the driverless future and remain the trendsetters,” Elterman says. More.
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Tech Companies Looking to Replace More Simple, Effective Tools with Complicated, Expensive Smart Technology That Never Works
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