January 30, 2017

REPUBLICANS VS THE RIGHT:

]Koch network could serve as potent resistance in Trump era (Matea Gold and James Hohmann January 30, 2017, Washington Post)

[With President Trump already embroiled in chaos and controversy, the conservative financiers assembled at a desert resort here were also forced to contend with a new uncertainty: whether the new president will be an ally or an obstacle.

In their first formal break with the administration, top network officials on Sunday condemned Trump's travel ban on some refugees and immigrants, calling it "the wrong approach." Some here expressed alarm that Trump has staked out positions anathema to the network's libertarian principles, targeting individual companies that produce goods abroad and indicating possible support for a border tax on imports. And the network's chief patron, billionaire industrialist Charles Koch, who pointedly declined to back Trump in the presidential campaign, warned in stark terms of the potential perils of the anti-establishment mood that gave rise to Trump.

"We have a tremendous danger because we can go the authoritarian route . . . or we can move toward a free and open society," he told a packed ballroom Sunday afternoon.

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