Trump turns against 'total joke' Koch brothers after North Dakota snub

Trump turns against 'total joke' Koch brothers after North Dakota snub

Trump turns against 'total joke' Koch brothers after North Dakota snub

Charles Koch, who exclusively oversees the network since the retirement of his brother David, had stopped short of blaming the president, The Washington Post reported.

President Donald Trump lashed out at the powerful political network started by billionaires Charles and David Koch after it broke with a tradition of backing Republican candidates by declining to support the party's pick against a vulnerable Democratic senator in North Dakota.

Since Trump became President, the Koch brothers, whose business interests range from petroleum to ranching to textiles, have supported some of his economic policies - especially rewriting the tax code, which their network backed vigorously - while opposing many of his populist initiatives, particularly his strategy on trade and tariffs.

Mr. Trump accused the billionaire Koch brothers - Charles and David Koch - of wanting to protect their companies outside the USA from being taxed at the cost of US workers, saying they're "two nice guys with bad ideas".

President Trump says he's made them richer, and added that the Koch network is "highly overrated" and he's "beaten them at every turn".

Trump, perhaps indirectly, alluded to the reasons why some Republicans voted for him two years ago and continue to support him while questioning some of his tactics and rhetoric.

Cramer was the first Republican Senate candidate to be publicly jettisoned by the powerful Koch network this cycle. "If Cramer doesn't step up to lead, that makes it hard to support him".

Charles Koch has said he doesn't care if Democrats take back the House of Representatives in 2018.

Another Trump ally, Gov. Rick Scott, is joining the president at an event earlier in the day.

Trump is holding a rally in Tampa on Tuesday in a show of force for congressman Ron DeSantis, who faces off against state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in the state's August 28 GOP primary.

Her Senate seat, along with those in West Virginia, Indiana, Montana and Missouri, are critical given the Republicans' narrowly 51-49 hold on the chamber. At around the same time, they launched an ad blitz against 10 Republican House members, including Pennsylvania Senate nominee Lou Barletta, for supporting the spending bill.

The group has warned that the GOP is not doing enough to contain government spending.

Donors at the conference indicated they would spend as much as $400m (£304m) on the United States mid-term elections this November.

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