Since very early in the 2016 presidential campaign, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump.
And despite his initial statements following the Inauguration that suggested he was warming up to the president — he explained during an NBC News appearance that “if you’re on a plane, you root for the pilot” — Kasich now seems to have turned another corner.
Recently, in the months that led up to the publication of his new book “Two Paths: America Divided or United,” Kasich has again turned his critical eye on the White House.
After President Trump appeared to dismiss claims — during an O’Reilly interview — that Russian President Vladimir Putin was guilty of war crimes (“We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?”), Kasich took to Twitter to respond:
America has been a beacon of light and freedom. There is no equivalence with the brutal regime of Vladimir Putin.
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) February 5, 2017
Kasich also indicated that he was in favor of an investigation into possible ties between President Trump and the Russians — and that he trusted the Senate Intelligence Committee to do a thorough job.
But on Friday morning, as he spoke with Fox News host Bill Hemmer about a breaking story happening in his home state of Ohio, Hemmer wrapped up with a question about Russia:
“Pete Hoekstra, a former colleague of yours, was here 30 minutes ago. He said ‘Listen, a year from now, you’re going to be talking a lot more about the unmasking of Americans than you will Russian collusion in the past election.’ Do you think he’s right about that?”
Kasich’s response breezed past the unmasking of Americans — which has already been proven to have occurred — and went straight for the allegations concerning Russia:
“I don’t know what that means. I don’t know. Look, I’m not following day to day the whole Russian situation. I just know that the committees have to do their job, it sounds like the Senate Intelligence Committee is doing a good job. They seem to be proceeding forward, they seem to be working together, and we just need to get to the bottom of it, figure out where we are and move on.”
Considering the fact that Kasich has been urged to mount a 2018 senate campaign (or even a 2020 primary challenge to President Trump) he might want to stay a little more abreast of such things — especially since he’s likely to face more such questions in the future.