President Trump doubled down Thursday on his attack on Charles Koch, questioning the conservative megadonor’s political donations and belittling his assertion that the president’s actions are unfair to foreigners.
“Charles Koch of Koch Brothers, who claims to be giving away millions of dollars to politicians even though I know very few who have seen this (?), now makes the ridiculous statement that what President Trump is doing is unfair to “foreign workers,” Trump tweeted early Thursday.
“He is correct, AMERICA FIRST!” he added.
On Sunday, Koch, 82, CEO of Koch Industries, slammed the president’s tariffs as “unfair” to other countries.
“This is ridiculous, we should just get rid of all barriers except on things that will hurt people,” Koch told reporters during a donor summit in Colorado, ABC News reported.
“Yeah, it’s unfair. It’s unfair to their people,” Koch said of countries adversely affected by Team Trump’s trade policies, adding that he had “no idea” if they will spark a recession in the US.
On Tuesday, Trump slammed Charles and his brother David Koch a day after their political network said it would not help the GOP candidate in North Dakota’s Senate race.
“The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade,” Trump tweeted early.
“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.”
Calling their network “highly overrated,” he added: “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.
After his tweets Tuesday, according to Bloomberg News, the Kochs’ political network spokesman James Davis said: “We support policies that help all people improve their lives. We look forward to working with anyone to do so.”
The Koch brothers didn’t support Trump in the 2016 election and the two sides have clashed over the president’s opposition to long-held conservative beliefs on government spending and free trade.
Published at Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:18:38 +0000