Trump insults Koch brothers as ‘total joke’ in GOP circles

  • Trump insults Koch brothers as ‘total joke’ in GOP circles

Trump insults Koch brothers as ‘total joke’ in GOP circles

Koch said Trump's policies hurt foreign workers, and Trump agreed, saying he put "AMERICA FIRST".

Trump's comments follow news media reports that some officials within the Koch donor network - which has spent millions to help elect Republicans - are concerned the president's trade policies could fuel a recession and want to scale back support of Republican candidates.

"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", Trump wrote. I never sought their support because I don't need their money or bad ideas.

Asked how hed react if Democrats won back the House of Representatives, Koch said, “I dont care what initials are in front or after somebodys name.

Charles Koch has taken the lead after his younger brother, David, stepped down from their political group and their company earlier in June due to poor health. And Charles Koch said that his network would "hold people responsible" for not defending his network's libertarian principles and policy priorities, further alienating the group from the Trump circles now in control of the Republican Party.

Among the GOP elected officials who attended the network's donor event were Governor Rick Scott of Florida, who's running for US Senate, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, Senator Tim Scott of SC, and Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who's running for US Senate as a full-on backer of Trump.

Many Republicans up for election are remaining mum on the topic, afraid of alienating Trump on one hand, whose popularity among his base is solid enough that his endorsement could potentially help a candidate pick up a enough votes to sway a close race.

There are billions of other reasons theyre likely to come around: Americans for Tax Fairness, which opposed the Trump cuts, estimated that “Charles Koch and David Koch and/or Koch Industries could save between $1 billion and $1.4 billion combined in income taxes each year from the Trump tax law — and that doesnt even count how much the brothers might save in taxes on offshore profits or how much their heirs will benefit from weakening the estate tax.”.

The Republican National Committee is distancing itself from the megadonor Koch brothers after disputes about candidates and the direction of the party. "Regardless of their politics, that company is a phenomenal company and they contribute a heck of a lot to our economy and I hate to see anybody denigrate them, regardless of their politics". Heidi Heitkamp in the marquee Senate contest.

There is documented evidence that the Koch network engaged in a multi-faceted strategy to discourage progressives and liberals from turning out in the 2016 presidential election, thus tipping the victory to Trump. He has expressed worry that they may try to undermine his administration, the person said.

Calling their network "highly overrated", he added: "I have beaten them at every turn".