Trump says Koch brothers are a 'total joke'

02 August, 2018, 17:50 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Officials with the powerful political network overseen by conservative billionaire Charles Koch on Monday said they do not currently plan to endorse the Republican nominee in North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer

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

In a statement released by his campaign, Cramer said he respected the Koch network's decision to stay out of his race and that he works to represent the people of North Dakota.

In 2016, the Koch brothers refused to endorse Trump's campaign.

Cramer was the first Republican Senate candidate to be publicly jettisoned by the powerful Koch network this cycle.

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"Heitkamp is seen as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for reelection", The Hill reported, noting that Trump crushed Hillary Clinton in the Roughrider State.

He went on to say that he never sought their support because he doesn't need their money or "bad ideas".

At the two-day gathering, network leaders pointed to their recent ad campaigns thanking Sen. "I have beaten them at every turn". "We look forward to working with anyone to do so".

Charles Koch (pictured above right), David Koch (pictured center above) and many in their network of donors made news over the weekend by criticizing Trump at a Colorado conference and refusing to support a pro-Trump Senate candidate, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), in the 2018 midterm elections.

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But in a rare interview with reporters on the sidelines of donor conference Monday, Charles discussed his dismay over the Trump administration's moves on trade, spending and immigration, including Trump's use of protectionist economic policies, including tariffs.

"We can not support him at this time", AFP President Tim Phillips told a crowd of wealthy donors gathered at the network's bi-annual retreat in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Trump's policies on trade in particular have provoked ire among some Republicans, especially those in states most affected by retaliatory tariffs enacted by China, Canada, the European Union and beyond.

Trump has defended his trade policies, saying he backs free but "fair" trade to support US workers. In order to keep everyone in line, they've decided to make some mostly symbolic gestures toward supporting a Democrat here or there, like taking out a web ad thanking Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp for voting for a bill to deregulate banks. Texas-based Trump donor Doug Deason said Republicans should not be punished for embracing the president's agenda. You can bet they love the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda, but more than anything else, they love the tax cuts Republicans passed previous year.

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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.


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