Ohio's John Kasich, former Trump rival, visits White House
- Author: Zachary Reyes Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 15:26
Ohio Governor John Kasich kept his distance from his party's candidate Donald Trump on the campaign trail but for the first time Friday, the former rivals met face to face in the Oval Office.
Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Kasich said Trump "listened a great deal to my concerns" and "was very generous with his time".
Kasich repeatedly slammed Trump during the primary campaign - refusing to appear at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland past year where Trump was officially nominated - and he later declined the nominee's request to become his running mate.
Office of Health Transformation Director Greg Moody says Kasich wants Trump to make sure states like OH that have expanded Medicaid will get the federal money to continue that expansion. "You want to root for the pilot".
Medicaid likely will be among the topics Kasich discusses with Trump.
"Look, the man is the president of the United States", Kasich said. "You don't want the pilot to screw up".
Moody says Kasich has been working with governors in other states that expanded Medicaid to come up with workable solutions if federal funding changes.
"I had a mother who taught me to stand on my own two feet and sometimes to speak out, but I never meant any of the times to be personal in my criticisms or concerns".
Kasich said he's glad to have offered a contrast to his Republican colleagues in Washington, DC, about the Affordable Care Act, which Trump and congressional Republicans want to repeal and replace. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, holds a senior committee position that gives him influence in what will constitute the Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan.
"It takes time for people to get stabilized", he said.
In the end, Kasich said that he will continue to do what he has done all along- share his opinion.
The Ohio governor withheld his endorsement of Trump after a bitter primary fight.