Trump Calls the Koch Brothers "a Total Joke" :: Politics :: News :: Donald Trump

Hannah Rogers
August 2, 2018

Trump tweets on Tuesday: "The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade".

Trump's comments come after leaders of the Koch Network called his White House "divisive", according to The Huffington Post.

Their company, Koch Industries, is the second largest privately owned business in the USA and has interests ranging from pipelines to paper towels.

The Koch brothers did not endorse Trump in 2016.

While the move echoed across the political world, Republican operatives quietly dismissed the practical impact of the Koch's decision on the North Dakota Senate race, where Cramer's campaign believes he has a double-digit lead in the deep-red state against the Democratic incumbent.

The North Dakota Senate race is one of ABC News" key "18 for "18" races this midterm cycle.

Mr. Trump accused the billionaire Koch brothers - Charles and David Koch - of wanting to protect their companies outside the USA from being taxed at the cost of US workers, saying they're "two nice guys with bad ideas".

The Koch network largely ignored the criticism.

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Trump, who makes frequent trips to Florida and his private Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club, criticized Nelson's policies and claimed the only time he sees the senator is "five months before every election".

At a gathering of the Koch-backed Seminar Network over the weekend in Colorado Springs, its co-chairman Brian Hooks lamented the "tremendous lack of leadership" in Washington.

In the interview, Charles added that he regrets supporting some Republicans, though he did not specify who, and will focus his network's future endorsements and donations on candidates who are open to building coalitions to work on issues important to them, regardless of party affiliation.

Most Republican senators tread carefully Tuesday since they are eager to win support both from Trump and from Koch-aligned donors - a balancing act that could be hard as tensions flare.

Trump has defended his trade policies, saying he backs free but "fair" trade to support US workers. "We can't support him at this time and we've met with his team, explained this and lobbied them on this".

It's the first such meeting after the June retirement of David Koch - the other half of the "Koch brothers" who have become household names - from business and political life because of his declining health. The Koch network campaigned heavily for passage of tax cuts that Trump signed into law previous year and praised his judicial picks.

As Politico reported, AFP's rejection of Cramer over the Ex-Im Bank is only one example of a Republican suffering the lash of the Koch brothers, although AFP's Phillips did say Cramer can turn it around.

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