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Trump says "globalist" Koch brothers are "a total joke"

President Trump labeled billionaire GOP activist brothers David and Charles Koch as globalists and "a total joke in real Republican circles" in a series of tweets Tuesday morning.

"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. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made them richer. Their network is highly overrated, 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. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!"

The backdrop: Charles Koch told reporters this weekend that his political network would be moving away from supporting Trump's priorities — especially on trade — ahead of this fall's midterms, even signaling that he may be open to supporting Democrats who believe in free-market ideals over Trump's protectionism.