President Donald Trump on Thursday blasted his rival for campaigning against him in Ohio on Wednesday, saying that the billionaire’s campaign did not reach out to him.
“He didn’t reach out,” Trump said of Ohio Gov.
“It’s just a total, total lie.”
Trump had previously blasted Kasich in recent weeks, saying Kasich “doesn’t want to get along with me” and “isn’t a real Republican.”
Kasich, a former U.S. senator, had also campaigned in Ohio against Trump on the eve of the state’s primary on March 10.
Trump, who is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, had hoped to win the state but struggled to secure enough delegates to do so.
He later withdrew his candidacy.
“Ohio’s going to be up for grabs,” Trump told supporters in the Ohio suburb of Youngstown.
“This is a huge state, and Ohio is going to have a big impact on the election.”
Trump, a billionaire real estate developer, has been struggling to gain support from Republicans in the state for months, after his own lackluster showing in the 2016 presidential race and the GOP establishment’s heavy-handed response to his candidacy and win.
Kasich, who was the governor of Ohio for a decade before running for president, has a more moderate image and has been critical of Trump.
“I don’t want a Republican to be president,” Kasich told a Cleveland radio station in March.
“If he becomes president, it will be a disaster.”
Kasich’s loss to Trump in the March primary put him at the bottom of the GOP field in delegates needed to secure the nomination.
Trump won the state by more than 5 million votes, winning a total of 1,637 of the 2,383 delegates needed for the nomination at the time.
Kasich was a major fundraiser for Kasich and his family before he announced his run for president in 2016.
“The Republican Party is no longer the party of Lincoln, of Ronald Reagan and George Wallace,” Kasich said in a speech in March, adding that he would focus on a populist agenda, including lowering taxes and building infrastructure.
“Our country has been left behind.
Our leaders, our leaders are not willing to listen.”
Trump has consistently criticized Kasich, saying he does not want to work with Kasich and would like to run in 2020 to defeat him.
The president on Thursday said he would “probably not” run in a future primary, instead focusing on building a “great coalition” that includes both Democrats and Republicans.
“They want to run me,” Trump responded to a reporter, adding, “I’ll probably be more careful because they’re going to run more than me.”
Kasich said his campaign has made efforts to reach out, but has not been successful.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve done,” he said.
“But I’m not trying to lose anybody.”