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Koch Group 'Hopeful But Wary' About Trump

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 08:57 AM

Americans for Prosperity, the political support group founded by financiers Charles and David Koch, is cautious about President Donald Trump's plans, The Hill reports.

"We're hopeful but wary," Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, told The Hill.

"The spending we're planning on for policy and politics is significant, and how we spend that is in part contingent on whether these members of Congress keep their word or break their word," Phillips told The Hill.

The conservative group appears to disagree with Trump over ramping up military spending, reforming entitlements, as well as the travel ban, The Hill reports.

The AFP has around 1,000 staff members in 36 states, with 3 million activists around the U.S., and aims to press conservative lawmakers on remaining fiscally conservative.

In the 2016 election, seven of the eight Republican senators they actively supported won their contests. The Hill notes the group shows a united front when Republicans go against their stances, such as when the group supported another Republican against North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers. She was defeated in her attempt at reelection.

The repeal of the Affordable Care Act is a priority for the group, Phillips said, and Republicans ran on repealing the act, not repairing it.

"There's not a Republican up there who stood back up for election saying this law is complicated and there are a lot of complications on it, so the next five to seven years we'll tweak it a bit," Phillips said.

"If they repeal Obamacare, which they've promised to do in four consecutive elections… they'll have an organization that has their back, that genuinely tells their story… If they fail, though, if they break their word and fail, then their majority position will probably be short-lived. That's just an analysis," he added.

AFP did not support Trump's presidential run, although it was prepared to go against his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

The Koch brothers and Trump have a tenuous relationship, according to The Hill. When Trump kicked his biographer, Harry Hurt III, off his Florida golf course on New Year's Eve, David Koch, Hurt's golfing partner, was also made to leave.

Phillips said the goal of the group is to hold Republicans accountable, not to support them unreservedly.

"They are politicians, after all," he told The Hill.

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