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One of the Koch Brothers wrote an op-ed warning against President Trump's "big businesses" agenda

The family that has poured so much money into politics to protect its businesses fears Trump may go too far with it


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Taylor Link
April 29, 2017 8:56PM (UTC)

Charles Koch, the chief of executive of Koch Industries and the largest donor of the political right in this country, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post this week that politely critiqued President Donald Trump and his administration's agenda.

After listing some of the president's accomplishments in the op-ed, Koch asserted that some of this administration's actions were "counterproductive" in his eyes.

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"These include broad travel bans, discouraging free trade and a tendency toward rhetoric that too easily divides Americans instead of uniting them," he wrote.

Instead of rehashing what Trump has done and said the past 100 days, Koch decided to pitch his own policy recommendations.

"The president and lawmakers have an excellent opportunity to take bold steps here and now to reverse the United States’ trajectory toward a two-tiered system: one that benefits the wealthy and well-connected (including big businesses such as Koch Industries) at the expense of everyone else," Koch wrote.

The Republican billionaire cited three policy issues that he felt needed immediate attention: comprehensive tax reform, health care and mass incarceration. Koch suggested that tax reform should focus on Main Street and that some health care reform should be made within the constructs of Obamacare and Medicaid.

He encouraged the president to look out for every American.

In addressing the United States’ challenges, I encourage the president to evaluate every policy on its potential to help people improve their lives. No piece of legislation will ever be perfect, and allowing the perfect to be the enemy of the good only further accentuates our country’s divisions. Good policy moves us closer to this ideal, even if by small steps.

Check out Koch's full op-ed here.

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Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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