Trump says Koch brothers are a "total joke"

02 August, 2018, 17:48 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Aaron P. Bernstein  ReutersSen. Heidi Heitkamp speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington

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

"These guys want to change the direction of the country".

Trump held a rally in Tampa on Tuesday in a show of force for DeSantis, who faces off against state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the state's August 28 Republican primary.

On Tuesday morning, Trump shifted back to regular priorities, tweeting about what was on Fox News and praising a steadfast supporter.

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Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, in an interview published Sunday, told the Kochs to "shut up and get with the program".

Trump's critics, however, said the fissures within the Republican Party have only grown over the past year, and they called the split a sign of wider unease. He contended the Kochs "love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more".

Charles Koch told reporters at the gathering on July 29 that Trump's trade policies, including tariffs, could trigger severe economic fallout.

Trump asserted Tuesday night at a rally in Tampa, Florida, that he's the most popular person in the Republican Party.

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But trade - and Trump's aggressive actions on tariffs - remain a sticking point for some of the Koch stalwarts. Cramer is challenging Sen. "I hadn't heard them do that before".

According to the group's tax returns (compiled by Guidestar), it spent a whopping $58 million in 2016 (that's in addition to the $23 million spent by the Americans for Prosperity Foundation).

The same group has announced this weekend they will not support Cramer. She faces Republican U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, who Trump endorsed on Friday. They never wanted to be Democrats.

And in a variety of other ways, the Koch network remains closely aligned with the Republican agenda.

But some expressed anxiety over the reality of a Democrat-led House. "I think this network supports people who truly respect those principles".

His tweets come after a spokesman for the brothers' network accused the White House of stoking divisiveness.

Trump's animosity toward the Koch brothers, like so much of his anger toward conservative heavyweights, stems from the influential donors' pointed refusal to support him in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign.

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

The Kochs are concerned about the Trump administration's "protectionist" trade policies, which have sparked an worldwide trade war and could trigger a USA recession, Koch said. Later, Koch political associates railed against Trump's recent $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers as a "bailout of bad policy".



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