Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump slams 'total joke' Koch brothers, taking on mega-donor network

Trump slams 'total joke' Koch brothers, taking on mega-donor network

Other Republicans said they were optimistic that the warring wings of the party could reconcile before the elections, in which the GOP is trying to stave off a possible Democratic wave.

The 3 a.m. messages were blunt, as usual. The Koch brothers are not Jewish.

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump pushed back against the Koch brothers Tuesday, a step that came after a summer meeting held by the Republican mega-donors' network resulted in some stark differences with the president. He appeared at a Koch gathering last October in NY to seek the donors' support for the massive tax cut package Trump signed into law late past year.

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 charged the Koch brothers with being exclusively focused on ensuring their corporations are not taxed on foreign soil while he is "for America First and the American Worker", describing himself as "a puppet for no one"- bringing back the line he used to counter 2016 Democratic foe Hillary Clinton's charges that he was a "puppet" for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Later, Koch political associates railed against Trump's recent $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers as a "bailout of bad policy". Kevin Cramer in the North Dakota Republican's Senate bid. His office did not respond to a question about Trump's Twitter attacks. The brothers are bailing on Republicans who don't meet their ideological purity test.

Leaders of the Koch Network of conservative megadonors criticized Trump during the group's annual summit over the weekend, calling his White House "divisive".

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"He's inconsistent across the board on these issues", Phillips said of Cramer's support for the Export Import Bank, the spending package and the farm bill.

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.

Withholding support for Cramer could be a fairly low-stakes political move for the network. Heidi Heitkamp. She's considered among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in the nation. Trump collected 63 percent of the vote, defeating Clinton by 35.8 points. After Trump's comments, the brothers won't be funding Trump-endorsed candidates in the midterm elections-not that they planned to anyway.

Charles Koch regrets some of the choices he and his political operations have made, and won't make the same mistake again. "And it became too small to succeed". "The fact that we're willing to do this during an election year shows everyone that we're dead serious". "I look forward to working with the Koch organization on the things we agree on in the United State Senate".

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".

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