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Does Colyer - who received tens of thousands from the Kochs while running for state representative, state senator and lieutenant governor - agree with that?

Trump was advocating for voter ID requirements at a Tampa, Florida, rally on Tuesday when he claimed the only time people don't need ID is when they want to vote.

Republicans across the U.S. will be alarmed by such loud shots in a fight between a president hugely popular with party members and the libertarian industrialists who have poured money into electing Republican candidates and achieving rightwing legislative priorities. While Trump "is a bit of a bomb-thrower" on trade, he said, "I think we'll find a resolution".

Trump, who is seeking Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court in the fall, also made the case that voters need to elect more Republicans, pointing to Democratic opposition to his pick. The Koch network boasts an army of grassroots activists across 36 states and has promised to spend between $300 million and $400 million on politics and policy this election cycle alone. But the president ratcheted up the tension in a pair of tweets that labeled the brothers "globalists" who oppose strong borders and "Powerful Trade".

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a swearing in ceremony for new U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S. July 30, 2018. Although Trump's name is never mentioned, it's an obvious criticism of Trump's tariffs and escalating trade war. Heidi Heitkamp. Heitkamp is one of the most vulnerable Democratic seats in the midterm elections and if Cramer takes her seat, it could help them keep the majority.

Cramer's campaign shrugged off the slight, per Politico.




Charles Koch (L) and David Koch are seen in this combination picture.

The Kochs offered millions in campaign funding to Republicans who voted against "Trumpcare" previous year, and spoke out against Trump's "zero tolerance" policy at the border which saw young migrant children separated from their parents.

"Their network is highly overrated", Trump said.

Dan Eberhart, an oil industry executive and a Cramer fundraiser, downplayed the financial effect on the North Dakota race. "If [he] doesn't step up to lead, that makes it hard to support him".

Cramer, a Trump backer, has told allies he remains confident about his chances and will continue to support the president.

Asked if Democrats were to retake control of the House, he said, "I don't care what initials are in front, or after, somebody's name...."

At the two-day gathering, network leaders pointed to their recent ad campaigns thanking Sen.


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