Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Koch brothers total joke in Republican circles, says Trump

Koch brothers total joke in Republican circles, says Trump

President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the Koch brothers, tweeting that the billionaire industrialists are a "total joke in real Republican circles" and that he is "a puppet for no one".

Donors also discussed the status of the network's work on a range of priorities for the constellation of Koch-aligned groups, including free speech on college campuses, supporting anti-poverty programs in communities, conducting new research in an effort to reduce recidivism rates, and more.

Jeff Colyer avoided weighing in Tuesday on President Donald Trump's criticism of the Kansas-based Koch brothers - who are among the most influential Republican donors in the country. "I never sought their support because I don't need their money or bad ideas", Trump said in a post on Twitter.

AFP already has made more than 500,000 calls to promote President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh in the three weeks since his nomination, Koch officials said.

The political spat comes less than four months before the November 6 midterm congressional elections that have Trump's fellow Republicans seeking to maintain control of both chambers of Congress. We do the ground game because we're not going to equivocate on who we're going to support.

Charles and David Koch refused to endorse him in 2016.

Neither representatives of Koch Industries or officials from the political network responded to a request for comment. Heidi Heitkamp, for her vote in support of reform to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation.

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. "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. But he embraced Trump's moves during the first year of his presidency, including the $1.5 trillion tax package Trump signed into law late last year that instituted a 40% permanent tax cut for corporations.

Asked if Democrats were to retake control of the House, he said, "I don't care what initials are in front, or after, somebody's name...."

"Bottom line, we need lawmakers to do more, so we need to expect more out of them".

The decision to ignore the Republican candidate in North Dakota certainly caught some by surprise, but there appeared to be overwhelming support from others - even if the plan hurts the GOP's push to maintain its House and Senate majorities.

Charles Koch, the chairman and CEO of the industrial conglomerate Koch Industries, oversees the network of about 700 donors. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation's largest business lobby, has publicly criticized the billions of dollars worth of tariffs the administration has targeted at China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

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