"Globalist Koch brothers" a "total joke"

02 August, 2018, 21:08 | Author: Rachel Logan
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After being read a portion of Trump's tweet, the governor again expressed his support for the president without addressing the criticism by Charles Koch. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., for co-sponsoring legislation that rolled back Dodd-Frank regulations, and attacking Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa. - the Trump-backed GOP candidate for Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen.

The Kochs have not ruled out similar moves in top-tier Senate races in Indiana, Missouri, Montana, and West Virginia, although they are actively working to help elect Republican Senate candidates in Florida, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

"They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed", Trump claimed, with the billionaire businessman framing himself as a champion of the people.

During their conclave, which ends Monday, Koch officials repeatedly sought to declare their independence from the Republican Party, saying lawmakers had taken their election support for granted, only to buck them by passing a massive $1.3 trillion federal spending bill in March opposed by the group.

"It brings home how much Trump has broken with traditional Republicans", said conservative commentator William Kristol, a Trump critic.

With months to go before a crucial Senate election in North Dakota, the Koch network has not offered any funds to the Republican candidate. I don't need Koch money, he wrote, and the brothers are peddling bad ideas.

The Kochs were equally concerned about the Trump administration's "protectionist" trade policies, which have sparked an global trade war and could trigger a United States recession, Charles Koch said. We are raising the bar, raising expectations.

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Mr Trump’s policies have been at odds with the Koch brothers’ Americans For Prosperity group

According to a report by the Associated Press, Koch officials have vowed to spend between $300 million and $400 million to shape the 2018 midterm elections.

In a separate tweet, Trump argued that he "made them richer" and that the Koch network "is highly overrated".

Some Trump loyalists were furious even before Monday's news. "The Kochs see that being ripped away, thus the open contempt for the president and his movement", said former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Democrats "don't want to give Trump any victory", he said. But in a warning shot to Trump and the GOP, network co-chair Brian Hooks lamented "tremendous lack of leadership" in Trump's Washington and the "deterioration of the core institutions of society".

Trump has previously clashed with the donors, suggesting in the early days of his presidential campaign that those courting the two were "puppets".

Ahead of the announcement, Charles Koch told reporters he cared little for party affiliation and regretted supporting some Republicans who paid lip service to conservative principles.

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

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