Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Koch brothers total joke in Republican circles, says Trump

Aaron P. Bernstein  ReutersSen. Heidi Heitkamp speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington Aaron P. Bernstein ReutersSen. Heidi Heitkamp speaks with reporters ahead of the weekly policy luncheons on Capitol Hill in Washington
Charlie Simmons | 02 August, 2018, 17:52

Cramer is challenging Sen. "We can't support him at this time".

Responding to Trump's social media attack, Koch spokesman James Davis was measured.

"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. "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".

Mr Trump's policies have been at odds with the Koch brothers' Americans For Prosperity group (AP) Mr Trump is expected to travel to Tampa, Florida, to express support for his preferred candidate for governor in a competitive primary. That's why we've got a message for lawmakers across the country.

But during a private briefing over the weekend, donors were given a hand-out that indicated the network is also now not supporting Senate candidates in two other key states - in and Nevada - according to a photo of the document obtained by POLITICO.

Other Republicans said they were optimistic that the warring wings of the party could reconcile before the elections, in which the GOP is trying to stave off a possible Democratic wave.

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.

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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. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).

"This network will no longer follow anyone's lead or be taken for granted", Seidel said, as donors applauded.

Deason said he backed the decision on the Heitkamp ad.

Cramer has publicly voiced support for Trump's tariffs, which the Koch network is adamantly against.

Trump, who is seeking Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court in the fall, also made the case that voters need to elect more Republicans, pointing to Democratic opposition to his pick. Although Trump's name is never mentioned, it's an obvious criticism of Trump's tariffs and escalating trade war. Later, Koch political associates railed against Trump's recent $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers as a "bailout of bad policy". But they're still going to put $400 million into helping Republicans hold on to Congress this year, which is the greatest favor they could do the president.

However, the Koch network has previously criticized Cramer's stances on issues that matter to the Koch brothers, including free trade, as "inconsistent".

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