Kasich: Trump must put the country ahead of his politics
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Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Lady Gaga blasts Pence as ‘worst representation of what it means to be Christian’ We have a long history of disrespecting Native Americans and denying their humanity MORE's prime-time address Tuesday by calling on Democrats and Republicans to seek compromise and reach a deal to reopen the federal government.

Kasich, who is mulling a potential 2020 presidential run, said in a statement that progress on a deal to reopen the government has to begin with Trump being more "flexible" on his goal to secure funding for construction of a wall or fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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"The President and the Democrats need to learn how to compromise and put the American people first," Kasich, whose term as Ohio's governor ends on Jan. 14, wrote on Twitter.

"It starts with the President putting the country ahead of his politics and being more flexible with his goals," the governor said. "Border security is important, but both sides should be willing to negotiate on how we do it."

Kasich, who is mulling a potential Republican primary challenge to Trump in 2020 or running as an independent, concluded by declaring: "Right now it doesn't look like that leadership exists in Washington D.C."

Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office on Tuesday night in a short speech that was carried by all the major broadcast networks, in which he called upon Democrats to address the influx of migrants crossing the southern border.

In his speech, the president invoked the recent murder of a California police officer, Cpl. Ronil Singh, whom police say was killed by an immigrant suspected of being in the country illegally. Trump called the issue of border security "a crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul."

"All Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal migration," Trump said Tuesday night. "It strains public resources and drives down jobs and wages."

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDACA recipient claims Trump is holding ‘immigrant youth hostage’ amid quest for wall Fox’s Wallace to Pence: Is government shutdown all about ‘leverage?' Former House Republican: Trump will lose the presidency if he backs away from border security MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerProtecting our judiciary must be a priority in the 116th Congress Baldwin's Trump plays 'Deal or No Deal' with shutdown on 'Saturday Night Live' Sunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Bill Maher defends Bernie Sanders campaign over sexual harassment allegations MORE (I-Vt.), among others, issued responses to Trump's speech Tuesday night, accusing the president of holding federal workers hostage over his demand for a wall.