On Tuesday, President Donald Trump completely dismissed the billionaire Koch brothers in a pair of , just two days after Charles Koch criticized trade policies set out by the president.
“The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made………them richer. Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn. They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First & the American Worker – a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning in two back-to-back posts.
Both Koch brothers, David and Charles, have been quite critical of President Trump’s trade and immigration agenda, especially at their annual summer retreat with donors.
During a weekend gathering, filled with donors in Colorado Springs, Charles Koch, the chairman and CEO of the industrial conglomerate Koch industries criticized President Trump’s tariff battles with Mexico, China and other countries saying a recession could be triggered by the trade tensions if they became too harsh.
Although Koch did not criticize Trump directly, Brian Hooks, a top aide of Koch’s said the White House’s “divisiveness” was harmful to the country. Koch also was not a supporter of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
The Koch brothers also said they’d be happy to work with Democrats who favored their agenda-especially when it comes to reducing government spending and cutting back on financial regulations.
According to CNBC, Emily Seidel, the CEO of Americans for Prosperity, made it clear to the 500 donors who attended this year’s conference that, “If you are a Democrat and stand up to [Senator] Elizabeth Warren to corral enough votes for financial reform that breaks barriers for community banks and families, you’re darn right we will work with you.”
Seidel then warned Republicans who voted for a $1.3 trillion spending bill passed in March, “If you are a Republican who sits on the committee that wrote the worst spending bill in our country’s history and you voted for it, you’re darn right we will hold you accountable,” Seidel said.
In a rare interview with reporters on Sunday, Koch was asked if he would be OK with the Democrats taking over the House of Representatives during the 2018 Congressional midterm elections.
Koch replied that his hope is to see others in power get back to policies that will “move toward a society, mutual benefit, equal rights, where everybody has the opportunity to realize their full potential,” he stated. “I don’t care what initials are in front or after somebody’s name.”
After the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented, American manufacturing employment plummeted with more than 5.5 million manufacturing jobs being eliminated since 2000.
Since 2001, free trade with China has eliminated at least 3.4 million American jobs for U.S. workers, as Breitbart News reported.
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