Donald Trump: 'Globalist Koch Brothers' a 'Total Joke'

Koch Brothers Group Says They Won't Be Backing Kevin Cramer in His Senate Race Against Heidi Heitkamp

Koch Brothers Group Says They Won't Be Backing Kevin Cramer in His Senate Race Against Heidi Heitkamp

In a private meeting at the Capitol, Sen.

The Kochs' political arm, Americans for Prosperity, still plans to focus on helping Republican Senate candidates in Tennessee, Florida and Wisconsin.

On Monday, the political advocacy network created by the billionaire industrialists announced it would not back the GOP candidate in the North Dakota Senate race.

"These guys want to change the direction of the country".

Why are they going after Republicans now?

Also on Tuesday, President Donald Trump lashed out at the Koch brothers.

This is not the first time Trump has clashed with Republican Party moneymen.

U.S. president Donald Trump has called the conservative Koch brothers "a total joke in real Republican circles".

In another twist, the Koch-backed network over the weekend also touted its support of Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, according to the Washington Post and Bloomberg.

AFP already has made more than 500,000 calls to promote President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh in the three weeks since his nomination, Koch officials said.

Trump, in railing against the idea of allowing noncitizens to vote in some elections, said at the rally, "Only American citizens should vote in American elections".

Against an overall trend of rising employment, some sectors of the economy have felt the heat of Trump's trade war already. "I hadn't heard them do that before".

The Kochs offered millions in campaign funding to Republicans who voted against "Trumpcare" a year ago, and spoke out against Trump's "zero tolerance" policy at the border which saw young migrant children separated from their parents. And you can bet that come 2020, they'll get over their reservations about Trump to amply fund his reelection effort as well.

Dan Eberhart, an oil industry executive and a Cramer fundraiser, downplayed the financial effect on the North Dakota race.

"Here's the program: Ground game to support Trump's presidency and program, [and] victory on November 6", Bannon said in an interview with POLITICO.

This is not the first time that the Koch network has sought to use its political influence to push back against Trump.

"My voting record may not be exactly what every national organization wants, but it is exactly what the majority of North Dakotans expect", Cramer said.

Sanders thanked the Koch network by name.

But some expressed anxiety over the reality of a Democrat-led House.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, another Trump ally, took a darker view.

President Donald Trump slammed the wealthy Koch brothers, describing them as a "total joke". It's entirely possible that two and a half years from now, there will be a Democratic president and a Democratic Congress, ready and willing to aim their sights on the Kochs and other plutocrats.

Trump's backing has been crucial for some of the network's biggest legislative efforts, including overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Kochs were equally concerned about the Trump administration's "protectionist" trade policies, which have sparked an worldwide trade war and could trigger a USA recession, Koch said.

"Any protectionism at any level, certainly at a national level, is very detrimental", Charles Koch told reporters at the event in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Trump then turned his attention to reports that blueprints for 3-D printed guns can be legally downloaded by the public, saying the idea "doesn't seem to make much sense!"

Last month, the company was told that David Koch, 78, was stepping down because of his deteriorating health.

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