President Trump’s Feud With The Koch Brothers Escalates

President Donald Trump on Thursday continued his attacks on billionaire Charles Koch his latest broadside against the conservative donor who is vital to Republican candidates

President Donald Trump on Thursday continued his attacks on billionaire Charles Koch his latest broadside against the conservative donor who is vital to Republican candidates

The Koch-backed network of political organizations - which were founded by brothers Charles and David Koch but now include a larger group of donors - have historically spent millions of dollars backing like-minded Republican candidates for office.

Earlier this week, Trump blasted the Koch brothers again on Twitter, saying they are "against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade [sic]".

McDaniel admitted that the Koch-affiliated data platform i360 has amassed an impressive political data operation, but countered that the RNC's own data firm is more reliable.

But as Trump has sought to pull his party toward more protectionist trade positions, backers of free trade policies like the Koch network have been reluctant to provide support.

Over the weekend, network patriarch, 82-year-old Charles Koch, refused to criticize Trump personally when The Associated Press asked whether the president should bear any responsibility for the divisive tone in Washington.

The Koch officials over the weekend also criticized the Trump administration and indicated they may help Democrats.

Trump has complained to confidants that the Kochs "never respected" him and "refused to get on board" his electoral movement, according to a person familiar with his views but not authorized to discuss private conversations.

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The Kochs' influence has been powered by their fortunes from Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held US company with operations in a range of sectors from refining and chemicals to ranching and forest products.

"Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn".

The war of words intensified between two titans in Republican politics today as President Donald Trump trashed the conservative billionaire Koch brothers as a "total joke in real Republican circles". "We look forward to working with anyone to do so".

The Koch network largely ignored the criticism.

"It was very disappointing to see yesterday that they are not going to support Kevin Cramer in this all too important North Dakota (U.S.) Senate race", said Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican Party.

This feud stretches back to the 2016 election when the Koch brothers didn't extend their support to Trump. Pence has always been a beneficiary of the Koch network. "But they were willing to support the tax cut and the deregulation, while opposing the heart of Trumpism - trade and immigration".

Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon believes that the Koch brothers' criticism of Trump is unfounded, and they are just suffering from "Trump derangement syndrome" - a common phrase Trump has ascribed to people who are even remotely critical of Trump.

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