Trump on Kasich-Cruz alliance: 'It doesn't matter'
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet MORE says it doesn't matter that Republican presidential rivals Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Negotiators 'far apart' as talks yield little ahead of deadline Wary GOP eyes Meadows shift from brick-thrower to dealmaker Trump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary MORE and John Kasich are joining forces to defeat him because he's beating them by so much that their "collusion" will fail regardless.


"So they colluded, and, actually, I was happy because it shows how weak they are; it shows how pathetic they are," Trump said at a rally in Rhode Island on Monday.

"They're way behind. If you add up both votes, and if you add up both delegates they're way behind me, so it doesn't matter," Trump added.

"It takes two guys, longtime politicians, to try and get together to try and beat Trump, and yet they're way behind."

Reports of Kasich's decision to cede Indiana to Cruz and the Texas senator's to allow the Ohio governor a clear shot at Oregon and New Mexico first emerged Sunday night. But the alliance was already fraying by Monday morning, with Kasich saying Indiana’s voters should still back him despite the apparent pact with Cruz.

“I’ve never told them not to vote for me,” Kasich said at a diner in Philadelphia. "They ought to vote for me."

Trump said he heard news of the alliance late Sunday night and "loved it."

"You know it's collusion," Trump said.

"If you collude in business, or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail. But in politics, because it's a rigged system, because it's a corrupt enterprise, in politics you're allowed to collude."