Trump Calls the Koch Brothers "a Total Joke" :: Politics :: News :: Donald Trump

Larry Hoffman
August 2, 2018

CNN contributor Marc Short, who worked for the Koch brothers as well as the Trump administration, said, "I think what is important for the media and American public to know is Charles and David never wanted to be Republicans".

The Kochs are concerned about the Trump administration's "protectionist" trade policies, which have sparked an worldwide trade war and could trigger a US recession, Koch said. "But they were willing to support the tax cut and the deregulation, while opposing the heart of Trumpism - trade and immigration".

But they have also pushed for criminal justice reform and made large donations to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mr Trump's policies have been at odds with the Koch brothers' Americans For Prosperity group (AP) Mr Trump is expected to travel to Tampa, Florida, to express support for his preferred candidate for governor in a competitive primary.

"They want to protect their companies outside the USA from being taxed, I'm for America First & the American Worker - a puppet for no one". On Monday, GOP senators privately deliberated about the path the Koch network has charted and its implications, according to two Republicans familiar with the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Art Pope, a North Carolina retail magnate and long-time Koch ally, did not support Trump's bid for the White House.

Her Senate seat, along with those in West Virginia, Indiana, Montana and Missouri, are critical given the Republicans' narrowly 51-49 hold on the chamber.

Koch opened his twice-annual conference in Colorado last week by offering the more than 500 major donors in attendance an impassioned critique of protectionism, which he called a "destructive" force that is "perverting the key institutions of our society".

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.

Charles Koch has said he doesn't care if Democrats take back the House of Representatives in 2018. 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.

"If in fact you have people espousing these in name, but not in practice, yeah, they're not going to be supported, nor should they be", Bevin said in a brief interview.

Withholding support for Cramer could be a fairly low-stakes political move for the network.

Officials for the Koch network said that AFP is now involved in seven races this midterm cycle across six states: Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, Nevada and Florida.

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