- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 2, 2018

President Trump on Thursday called Charles Koch’s tariff criticism “ridiculous” for defending foreign workers, and Mr. Trump suggested the conservative donor hasn’t backed that many politicians.

Mr. Trump’s comments come just two days after his previous pushback against the Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch. Tuesday, he called the famous conservatives a “total joke in real Republican circles.”

The president is referring to comments Mr. Koch made during a Q&A with reporters Sunday night. According to  ABC News, Mr. Koch said it was “unfair to their people,” referring to countries hit by tariffs. It was the same session where he warned about the policies triggering a recession.  

The White House pushed back against the comments and emphasized that Mr. Trump believes in free trade but wants fair practices.

The Koch network challenged the president on a few fronts recently. In June, three branches of the network launched a campaign to fight Mr. Trump’s tariff strategy.

The network of donors also declined to back a few Republicans in key midterm races, including Kevin Cramer who received the full endorsement of the president.

However, Mr. Trump and the Koch brothers are still on the same page about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh. Americans for Prosperity, an organization within the Koch network, launched a $1 million campaign to support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the Senate.

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