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Kasich: Trump must put the country ahead of his politics

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Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) responded to President Trump’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.

{mosads}”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 Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (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.

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