Trump says Koch brothers are ‘a total joke’ in GOP

02 August, 2018, 21:04 | Author: Donnie King
  • Kochs won't help top GOP Senate candidate in key state

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed the powerful Koch-led political operation as "globalist" and "a total joke", rejecting the conservative group amid signs of a growing public fissure between the president and business over trade.

Heitkamp is one of 10 Senate Democrats who face re-election in November in states President Donald Trump won in 2016. But the group says it still plans to focus resources and funds to help Republican Senate candidates in Tennessee, Florida and Wisconsin. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more.

In particular, the Koch brothers and their network expressed their opposition to Trump's fair trade policies and tariffs, which are resulting in ongoing clashes with USA trading partners, and also the president's strict immigration enforcement and border security agenda. Kevin Cramer in the North Dakota Republican's Senate bid.

With months to go before a crucial Senate election in North Dakota, the Koch network has not offered any funds to the Republican candidate.

But they have also pushed for criminal justice reform and made large donations to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Emily Seidel, CEO of Americans for Prosperity, explained it for The Hill: "I know this is uncomfortable, it's uncomfortable for me too". The Kochs also pledged almost $400 million more in January to support Republicans in this year's midterms, CNBC reported.

Calling their network "highly overrated", he added: "I have beaten them at every turn".




Trump has complained to confidants that the Kochs "never respected" him and "refused to get on board" his electoral movement, according to a person familiar with his views but not authorized to discuss private conversations.

"Any protectionism at any level, certainly at a national level, is very detrimental", Charles Koch told reporters at the event in Colorado Springs, Colo. Later, Koch political associates railed against Trump's recent $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers as a "bailout of bad policy". And some Trump loyalists were furious with the Kochs' work to undermine Trump and his agenda even before Monday's news dropped.

"The Kochs had zero to do with Trump's win in 2016", former White House counselor Steve Bannon told the AP. Instead they'll back Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat, because she voted to deregulate banks.

The Koch network largely ignored the criticism.

The Koch brothers have been consistent critics of the president's hard-line trade policies.

Trump's backing has been crucial for some of the network's biggest legislative efforts, including overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Also on Sunday, Charles Koch, who is exclusively running the company after the retirement of his brother David, spoke to reporters about the current political divisions.

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