Politico: “The Republican National Committee is sending a warning shot to major GOP donors not to play ball with the powerful Koch political network, escalating a fight between President Donald Trump’s allies and the Kochs.
The move follows a weekend retreat in Colorado at which Koch network officials criticized the Trump administration, hinted they would work with Democrats, and announced they would not help a Republican candidate in a key 2018 Senate race.”
“The rift between the Trump White House and the Kochs, a donor network that typically spends heavily on behalf of GOP candidates, comes at a perilous moment for the party. Three months out from the midterms, the GOP is facing the prospect of a Democratic wave that wipes out its House majority.”
“Earlier in the week, Trump tweeted, ‘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. … Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn,’ he added.”