Friday, 19 October, 2018

Trump Calls Kochs a 'Total Joke' After Break With GOP Candidate

Gov. Rick Scott     By Steve Bousquet 9 hours ago Gov. Rick Scott By Steve Bousquet 9 hours ago
Jay Anderson | 02 August, 2018, 17:50

On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that the billionaire Koch brothers, who have contributed billions of dollars in support of Republican candidates over the years, have "become a total joke in real Republican circles".

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.

President Donald Trump launched an attack on the Koch brothers - powerful political mega-donors with a long history of supporting Republican and libertarian causes - after the billionaires spoke out against Trump's divisive White House. It remains unclear how hard the group will work to defeat vulnerable Senate Democrats in West Virginia, Missouri and Montana.

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.

The midterm elections, in which many analysts expect a "blue wave" to place the House and possibly the Senate back under Democratic control, are less than 100 days away.

On Sunday, Charles Koch told reporters at the gathering that Trump's trade policies, including tariffs, could trigger severe economic fallout, Bloomberg reported. "We're going to more directly deal with that and hold people responsible for their commitments". "The success of the tax cuts and the importance of the Supreme Court energizes GOP donors to keep the Senate in Republican hands". Phillips criticized Cramer's votes on spending bills and other legislation.

Trump has consistently framed his policies as pro-worker, often citing GDP growth and job numbers at near-record highs to bolster his case, though the vast majority of economists say his policies could lead to ruin for some sectors of the economy.

The development marked a dramatic escalation in the Kochs' willingness to buck partisan loyalties. The Kochs have been very anti-Trump.

Over the weekend, about 500 Koch donors gathered for a seminar.




"Where did the money go, what do they really spend it on, and how much, if anything, do they really put into the network?"

"That's not right", he told the Associated Press.

"I'm looking for policies that will move forward a society of mutual benefit, where everybody has the opportunity to realize their objectives, so I don't care what initials are in front or after somebody's name", Koch said, hinting that he'd support some Democratic candidates. We do the ground game because we're not going to equivocate on who we're going to support. "She's gone", Deason predicted. The Koch network has dabbled in working with and supporting Democrats when their interests have aligned, and the network alarmed some Republicans earlier this year when it funded a digital ad campaign applauding North Dakota Sen.

"After a while, you forget who's the senator", Trump said.

Three political groups backed by the brothers said they would use advertising, lobbying and grassroots campaigns to push the benefits of free trade.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018.them richer. He dismissed the outcry from businesses in Kentucky and elsewhere as a short-term problem.

This is not the first time Trump has clashed with Republican Party moneymen.

The president's slam against the Koch network came shortly after the departure from the White House of legislative affairs director Marc Short, who was a top Koch network official before joining the administration.

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