Kasich: Trump must put the country ahead of his politics
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Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) responded to President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 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 PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst 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.