U.S President Donald Trump has set his eyes on the 'high' 150 per cent Indian duties on American whisky after he struck what he called a 'very fair' deal with India in about two minutes on the 100 per cent tariffs on the iconic motorcycle Harley-Davidson.
India in February last year slashed the customs duty on imported high-end motorcycles like Harley-Davidson to 50 per cent after Trump called it "unfair" and threatened to increase the tariff on import of Indian bikes to the U.S.
At a White House event on the Reciprocal Trade Act on Thursday, Trump flashed out a green colour board with examples of non-reciprocal tariffs from various countries.
Trump alleged that many countries have taken advantage of the U.S.
"Look at motorcycles as an example. (In) India, it was 100 per cent. I got them down to 50 per cent, just by talking for about two minutes. It's still 50 per cent vs 2.4 per cent (on imported motorcycles to the US). Again, other than that, it's a very fair deal," the president said.
Trump, however, pointed out to the high tariff by India on import of wines.
"India has a very high tariff. They charge a lot of tariffs. You look at whisky... India gets 150 per cent, we get nothing."
In his interaction with lawmakers at the White House, Trump said the Reciprocal Trade Act would give U.S workers a fair and level-playing field against other countries.