President Donald Trump lashed out at the billionaire Koch brothers, two days after Charles Koch criticized the president's trade policies and said Republicans should no longer take the financial support of their powerful network for granted.
President Donald Trump delivered a rare attack on the billionaire Koch brothers early Tuesday, referring to the GOP megadonors as globalists, a term increasingly used in xenophobic and anti-Semitic contexts. Their firm, Koch Industries, is the second largest privately owned business in the U.S.
The Koch network is backing GOP Senate candidates in Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee and Florida.
He went on to say that he never sought their support because he doesn't need their money or "bad ideas".
The Koch network has demonstrated in recent months - albeit on a limited basis - a willingness to praise Democrats and condemn Republicans in specific situations.
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. "But if you're a Democrat and you stand up to Elizabeth Warren and corral enough votes for financial reform. you're darn right we'll work with you".
The Koch brothers (Charles' brother David recently stepped down from their company and political work because of declining health) and the other mega-rich Republicans in their network do have a couple of honest disagreements with the president. "They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more", Trump tweeted.
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President Trump blasted the conservative mega-donor Koch brothers on Tuesday as a "total joke" and promised supporters he would be "a puppet for no one", amid rising tensions over trade and other administration policies.
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.
Cramer has publicly voiced support for Trump's tariffs, which the Koch network is adamantly against.
One thing everyone knows about them: They'll spend gazillions - like the $40 million they spent in 2015 to push through the globalist Trans-Pacific Partnership "free trade" pact -to get what they want. "If [he] doesn't step up to lead, that makes it hard to support him".
"Any protectionism at any level, certainly at a national level, is very detrimental", Charles Koch told reporters at the event in Colorado Springs, Colo. She faces Republican U.S. Representative Kevin Cramer, who Trump endorsed on Friday.
The Koch network is "raising the bar and raising expectations" of GOP lawmakers, and said Monday it will freeze its support of anyone who breaks with its views because some Republicans are taking its support for granted, The Hill reports.