US President Donald Trump listens as supporters cheer after the pledge of allegiance during a Bikers for Trump event at the Trump National Golf Club on August 11 in Bedminster, New Jersey. Photo: AFP

US President Donald Trump applauded on Sunday calls for a boycott of Harley-Davidson over its plans to move production of its motorcycles out of the country in response to new tariffs, Agence France-Presse reported.

“Many @harleydavidson owners plan to boycott the company if manufacturing moves overseas. Great!” Trump tweeted. “Most other companies are coming in our direction, including Harley competitors. A really bad move!”

Trump has had it in for the iconic American manufacturer he once admired since it announced last Monday that it was moving some production out of the US.

Harley-Davidson was targeted with EU tariffs after Trump imposed heavy duties on European steel and aluminum.

“I’ve done so much for you, and then this,” the president tweeted last week. “Other companies are coming back where they belong! We won’t forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors!”

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