‘A Puppet For No One’: Trump Blasts Koch Brothers In Early Morning Statement

President Trump is apparently no fan of the Koch Brothers as he called them a “total joke” and “highly overrated” in a pair of tweets on Tuesday morning.

Charles and David Koch are prominent donors in the Republican Party and have given millions of dollars each year to help fund political campaigns.

The president’s tweets were posted shortly after 6am and came a day after the Koch Brothers said they would be working with people across the political spectrum and not just Republicans.

“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,” Trump tweeted.

“Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn,” the president continued. “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,” Trump concluded.

The tweets follow an announcement and subsequent decision by the Koch Brothers to leave “the strictly partisan playbook that the organization has deployed for more than a decade,” NBC News reports.

From NBC News:

At a Colorado retreat for the network’s donors, Koch told reporters he “regrets” supporting some Republicans who “say they’re going to be for these principles that we espoused and then they aren’t.” He added that the network, which spends hundreds of millions of dollars every election cycle, will be “much stricter” when determining who to support in the future.

Brian Hooks, a Koch network executive, was more direct in criticizing the Trump administration.

“The divisiveness of this White House is causing long-term damage,” he said, pointing specifically to Trump’s position on trade and immigration.

According to the report, the Koch brothers donated $400 million to help elect Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election and did not directly support Trump in 2016.

Here’s more, from Business Insider:

Charles Koch, who remains in business after his brother, David, took a step back due to health issues in June , recently distanced himself from Trump’s policies and bashed his protectionist economics.

“The urge to protect ourselves from change has doomed many countries throughout history,” Koch said in a video shown to a gathering of Koch network donors in Colorado Springs, according to the Wall Street Journal .

“This protectionist mind-set has destroyed countless businesses.”

And:

The Kochs offered millions in campaign funding to Republicans who voted against “Trumpcare” last year, and spoke out against Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border which saw young migrant children separated from their parents.

But recently, Koch opened up to the possibility of funding Democratic candidates as they try to take both houses of Congress in November.

In the clearest sign of an about-face at the Libertarian-leaning Koch network, the billionaires funded a study that found that a medicare-for-all plan by Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders would save the US $2 trillion over the course of a decade . Sanders thanked the Koch network by name.

President Trump stunned the nation when he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 without the help of the Koch network, without the support of prominent Republicans, and without major donors, so he probably is not too worried about upsetting them ahead of the midterm election and his own re-election bid in 2020.

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