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Jared Kushner, Kirstjen Nielsen, Mike Pence, and Stephen Miller exit the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Vice President Mike Pence and White House senior adviser Stephen Miller exit the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Jared Kushner ran a white board planning session last week at the White House with the Koch network and other people who worked with him on criminal justice reform. The purpose: to see if the administration can replicate the approach they took to pass criminal justice reform to overhaul America’s immigration system.

“They would like to try and replicate at some level a bipartisan coalition on immigration issues, something paired with border security as well,” said Koch Industries senior vice president Mark Holden, who attended the meeting.

Koch network reportedly plans to stay out of 2020 presidential race

Billionaire conservative Charles Koch.
Billionaire conservative Charles Koch. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon for The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Koch brothers' political network, a powerhouse that for years has held major influence in conservative circles, has informed donors in recent months that it will stay out of the 2020 presidential race and will not support efforts to reelect President Trump, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: This is yet again another rebuke to Trump by the network, which has repeatedly voiced its frustrations with some of the president's combative rhetoric and policies involving immigration and trade. Last summer, Charles Koch warned that Trump's trade war could be "disastrous" and said he would be open to supporting free market Democrats — prompting Trump to respond on Twitter by slamming the "globalist" brothers as irrelevant and "a total joke in real Republican circles."

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