Trump goes after Kasich at RNC dinner: report

Trump goes after Kasich at RNC dinner: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE on Thursday ripped into Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) multiple times at a Republican National Committee (RNC) dinner in Washington, D.C., according to Politico.

Trump reportedly made fun of Kasich and referred to the Ohio governor as one of his loudest and most relentless critics.

Reporters covering the event were reportedly escorted out just minutes after the dinner began.

The Hill has reached out to the White House, Kasich's office and the RNC for comment.


The president also brought Bob Paduchik, who oversaw Trump's 2016 campaign in Ohio, on stage to thank him for securing his victory in the state during the general election.

Trump reportedly went on to boast about how he performed well on a mental acuity test, which he said most members of the media would not pass. 

Kasich, who ran for president in 2016, easily won his home state in the Republican primary, despite Trump's strength and support in Ohio.

The governor, whose tenure officially ends this year, is seen as a potential 2020 presidential challenger.

Kasich has garnered publicity during the Trump administration, heavily promoting his book "Two Paths: America Divided or United." 

He was also a vocal critic of the Trump administration's effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

The governor did not rule out a potential 2020 run on Tuesday, telling CNN's "New Day" that he did not know what his future was.

"As to whether I would do something like that again? If I felt my country called me and it was practical, I'd have to very seriously think about it," he said.

"But right now, I'm not out there trying to create delegates and states. I don't know what the future is going to bring."

Kasich received the third highest number of votes in the 2016 Republican primary, finishing behind Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).