Clash of GOP titans as Trump v Kochs feud escalates

Gov. Rick Scott     By Steve Bousquet 9 hours ago

After being read a portion of Trump's tweet, the governor again expressed his support for the president without addressing the criticism by Charles Koch.

The Washington Post reported that at a reception held by the Koch network over the weekend, officials revealed a new approach-distancing themselves from the GOP and becoming less focused on partisan politics.

The two billionaire brothers also said they would be happy to support Democrats who favored their agenda.

"The Kuck Brothers (sic) better check themselves before they wreck themselves & get with the Donald Trump White House - punks", Nunberg tweeted.

The decision for now to stay out of a pivotal 2018 Senate race will likely send shockwaves through the Republican Party and fits with a broader theme from the Koch network's summer meeting that the network feels like it has been "taken for granted" by the GOP. And to be clear, we've met with his team, explained this, and lobbied him on this to change their ways. "And here's the program: Ground game to support Trump's presidency and program, [and] victory on November 6". Two nice guys with bad ideas. Heidi Heitkamp, for her vote in support of reform to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation legislation. He appeared at a Koch gathering last October in NY to seek the donors' support for the massive tax cut package Trump signed into law late previous year. Some of the network's biggest donors and most experienced activists are Trump's most ardent supporters. "Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn", he added.

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Cramer has the endorsement of President Trump, and at a campaign rally in Fargo, North Dakota last month, said he will be with the president "100 percent of the time".

The clash between the president and the Koch network is more of an expected divorce than a stunning breakup, according to more than a dozen Republicans working with Congress and the White House. But in a warning shot at Trump and the GOP, network co-chair Brian Hooks lamented "tremendous lack of leadership" in Trump's Washington and the "deterioration of the core institutions of society".

Koch, 82, has been at the helm of his family's political organization since his younger brother, David, announced in June that he would be retiring from Koch Industries and politics for health reasons.

The Kochs were equally concerned about Trump's "protectionist" trade policies, which have sparked a trade war and could trigger a United States recession, Koch said. So they'll do everything they can to forestall that possibility, even if they have some stern words for Trump along the way. "I'm into hating the sin and not the sinner".

While Trump "is a bit of a bomb-thrower" on trade, he said, "I think we'll find a resolution".

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