GOP chairwoman to donors: Don't trust the Kochs


The presidential insult followed a weekend gathering of Koch officials who repeatedly condemned Trump's trade policies, the explosion of government spending under his watch and his divisive tone.

Charles Koch said Sunday during the meeting, "I regret some of the [lawmakers] we have supported ... we're gonna more directly deal with that and hold people accountable", according to The Hill. "We support policies that help all people improve their lives".

"Charles Koch of Koch Brothers, who claims to be giving away millions of dollars to politicians even though I know very few who have seen this (?), now makes the ridiculous statement that what President Trump is doing is unfair to "foreign workers", Trump tweeted early Thursday".

President Trump has attacked the "globalist" Kochs as "a total joke in real Republican circles" who are "against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade".

What's more, he claimed in a second tweet to have made the brothers "richer" while slamming their political network as "highly overrated" because he has "beaten them at every turn".

"I think it is", Loyd told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking" when asked whether it was smart for Republicans to use Democrats' impeachment threat as a campaign focal point. "I never sought their support because I don't need their money or bad ideas", Trump wrote on Tuesday in a post on Twitter.

Between the Koch's now only supporting four Republicans up for re-election, and their stated willingness to work with and support Democrats with whom they feel ideologically aligned, there is reason for the GOP to have some concerns.

GOP chairwoman to donors: Don't trust the Kochs
GOP chairwoman to donors: Don't trust the Kochs

Some Trump loyalists were furious at perceived contradictions in the Koch network's behavior and anxious that it could complicate the president's 2020 re-election.

"If this were 2016, we likely would have gone ahead and endorsed" Cramer, said Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips. "Just as we have in the past, we will work together with the President, elected officials and others where we disagree".

The Koch network, which includes dozens of like-minded donors, has promoted lower taxes, less regulation and free trade.

As a result of this split in core beliefs, Charles Koch said that the $400 million he had slated for Republican candidates this midterm is not going to happen if there is not a major change in ideology.

Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York May 5, 2014.

"It was very disappointing to see yesterday that they are not going to support Kevin Cramer in this all too important North Dakota (U.S.) Senate race", said Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican Party.

Tensions remained between the two camps - in part fueled by the Kochs' status as key members of the Manhattan donor network, a group that has long rejected Trump, even as the president staffed his administration with a number of Koch alumni.

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