Monday, 19 November, 2018

Trump calls Koch brothers 'total joke,' 'overrated'

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The conservative Koch brothers' network declared Monday that it will not help elect the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, turning its back on the GOP in a marquee election - at least for now.

The same group has announced this weekend they will not support Cramer.

The midterm strategy could change in the coming weeks, but the Kochs now plan to ignore North Dakota's high-profile Senate contest, where three-term Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. "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".

"We are raising expectations", AFP's CEO Emily Seidel said.

Yesterday CNN reported that representatives of the Koch network issued statements indicating that the brothers appear to be distancing themselves from the President, even going as far as suggesting that their political network needs to "earn some trust" among Democrats.

Trump, who makes frequent trips to Florida and his private Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago club, criticized Nelson's policies and claimed the only time he sees the senator is "five months before every election".

Against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, Charles Koch signaled to donors sipping on cocktails and wine during Saturday's lakeside reception that he's here to stay. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) in a must-win contest that could decide the balance of power in the Senate during the next Congress.

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Trump dubbed the duo the "globalist Koch Brothers", drawing a distinction from his nationalist "America first" message, and philosophy that is the basis of his governing approach and leads him to constantly play to his conservative base.

Deason said he backed the decision on the Heitkamp ad.

Cramer's campaign shrugged off the slight, per Politico.

And in a variety of other ways, the Koch network remains closely aligned with the Republican agenda.

In a separate tweet, Trump argued that he "made them richer" and that the Koch network "is highly overrated". Trump carried North Dakota by more than 30 points. Two nice guys with bad ideas. The Koch network campaigned heavily for passage of tax cuts that Trump signed into law a year ago and praised his judicial picks. But in a rare interview with reporters on the sidelines of donor conference Monday, Charles discussed his dismay over the Trump administration's moves on trade, spending and immigration, including Trump's use of protectionist economic policies, including tariffs.

Charles Koch reportedly slammed Mr. Trump's trade policies and said they could trigger a recession.

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.

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