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Trump rejects conservative Koch donor network

02 August 2018

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...."

The Donald is not amused. He said his policies "made them richer".

The announcement, released Monday, sends a strong message to Republican officials nationwide that there may be real political consequences for those unwilling to oppose the spending explosion and protectionist trade policies embraced by the Trump White House in recent weeks. "I never sought their support because I don't need their money or bad ideas", Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning. "But they were willing to support the tax cut and the deregulation, while opposing the heart of Trumpism - trade and immigration". "I have beaten them at every turn".

Trump has previously clashed with the donors, suggesting in the early days of his presidential campaign that those courting the two were "puppets". Trump carried North Dakota by more than 30 points. His office did not respond to a question about Trump's Twitter attacks. The brothers are bailing on Republicans who don't meet their ideological purity test.

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Trump's comments come after leaders of the Koch Network called his White House "divisive", according to The Huffington Post.

Heitkamp is a top target for Republicans seeking to increase their majority in the Senate.

"He's not leading on the issues where this country needs leadership right now, issues like spending ... or trade", Phillips added.

Network officials said their work on veterans' and criminal justice issues served as a model for future policy wins, citing their willingness to work with Democrats and new allies on their priorities. "If Cramer doesn't step up to lead, that makes it hard to support him". The Koch brothers' funnel so much money into political elections that their system of supporting candidates has been described as "labyrinthian". They spend millions yearly to promote their free-market, conservative ideology.

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Charles and David Koch have poured millions of dollars into ads and advocacy over the years, typically for conservative candidates and causes. Heitkamp says - perhaps correctly - that Dodd-Frank is destroying locally owned community banks owing to its burdensome regulations. The Koch brothers are not Jewish.

Emily Seidel, CEO of Americans for Prosperity, explained it for The Hill: "I know this is uncomfortable, it's uncomfortable for me too".

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel expressed her disappointment in the Koch brothers during an interview Tuesday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom". But he'll have to vote the way AFP - and the billionaire brothers - want him to.

Trump has effectively taken over the modern-day Republican Party on nearly every level, even after ignoring long-held conservative beliefs on government spending, free trade and foreign policy.

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Trump rejects conservative Koch donor network