The staff of Ohio Governor John Kasich had a long talk with their boss Wednesday morning about his relationship going forward with now President-elect Donald Trump.
The staff first convinced the long time anti-Trump Republican to not deliver a Thursday speech intended to distinguish his vision of the Republican Party from Trump’s agenda for the party, an inside source told The Daily Caller.
The scheduled speech, first reported by the Cincinnati Inquirer, that Kasich intended to give was supposed to be delivered 48 hours after polls closed on Tuesday night. But when reports came in showing Trump beating Clinton in the Buckeye State instead of a Trump loss and final reports showing Trump winning the entire election, his staff convinced him to not give the remarks.
Trump managed to win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes without the help of Kasich or Kasich’s support network. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had Kasich’s endorsement in 2012 and did not win Ohio against Barack Obama.
The Daily Caller learned from the inside source that Kasich, who wanted to plan a 2020 run for the presidency, was embarrassed by Tuesday’s results. His staff sat him down for a meeting on how to go forward with Trump in the White House for the next four years.
“The inner circle sat him down and had a come to Jesus talk and got him to cancel the speech.”
Kasich announced over a week ago, when he voted by absentee ballot, that he wrote in Arizona Sen. John McCain’s name on the ballot instead of voting for Trump. Kasich mainly focused on tweeting about congressional races until he finally tweeted a congratulatory message to Trump:
The American people have spoken and it’s time to come together. Congratulations President-elect @realDonaldTrump.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) November 9, 2016