Trump Bashes 'Globalist' Koch Brothers as 'Total Joke'

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

Koch Network Won't Back GOP Challenger to Democratic Senator

In remarks to reporters Sunday, Charles Koch - now exclusively at the helm after the retirement of his ailing brother David earlier this year - stopped short of blaming Trump personally for the political divisions.

Officials with the powerful political network overseen by conservative billionaire Charles Koch on Monday said they do not now plan to help the Republican nominee in one of the GOP's top Senate pickup opportunities this year.

The announcement - made in front of hundreds of top conservative donors - came as the Koch network took steps to distance itself from the Republican Party during a weekend retreat.

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican billionaire donors the Charles and David Koch, blasting them as "globalists" with bad ideas. "Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn".

"We support policies that help all people improve their lives", James Davis, a spokesman for the Koch network, said in a statement. Heidi Heitkamp, for her vote in support of reform to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation. The campaign is focusing on states with Democratic senators that Mr. Trump won in 2016.

While the two have backed Trump over taxes and judicial appointments, Bloomberg News reported that Charles Koch told reporters at the weekend gathering that Trump's trade policies, including tariffs, could trigger severe economic fallout.

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The decision not to back Cramer, as the network is trying to put on a more bipartisan face, was announced Monday at a briefing for more than 500 donors gathered for a three-day meeting at a luxury resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They founded Americans for Prosperity - a national conservative advocacy group - and are among the primary funders of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, a pro-business organization that usually supports Republican candidates through its PAC.

The president also echoed an attack line he employed during the 2016 campaign, when he relentlessly criticized his GOP opponents as "puppets" for currying favor with the Koch political network.

But the president and most of his loyalists never warmed to the Kochs, even as their interests at times have aligned.

"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.

Asked if Democrats were to retake control of the House, he said, "I don't care what initials are in front, or after, somebody's name.... They have always been more libertarian independents", Short told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day". The group said it still plans to focus its resources on helping Republican senate candidates in Tennessee, Florida and Wisconsin.

The pair have championed free trade and have launched a multimillion-dollar campaign to oppose Trump's tariffs, which have targeted China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union, among others.

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