Trump on Kasich-Cruz alliance: 'It doesn't matter'
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE says it doesn't matter that Republican presidential rivals Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken MORE and John Kasich are joining forces to defeat him because he's beating them by so much that their "collusion" will fail regardless.

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"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."