Trump calls Koch brothers ‘a total joke’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling the conservative Koch brothers “a total joke in real Republican circles.”

His comment follows an announcement that the political network created by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch would not help the Republican candidate in North Dakota’s Senate race.

The group has warned that the GOP is not doing enough to contain government spending. The Koch brothers did not endorse Trump in 2016.

Trump tweets on Tuesday: “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.”

He later added: “I’m for America First & the American Worker — a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas.”