Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he thinks Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should apologize to President Obama for questioning his citizenship.
“You know, yeah,” the Ohio governor told NBC’s “Meet the Press” when asked if Trump owes the president an apology.
Kasich, who ended his own presidential bid in May and has not endorsed the Republican nominee, said he doesn’t agree with questioning Obama’s birthplace.
Kasich said the issue and the fact that it keeps getting raised reflects a “growing division and anger” between people in the country who are members of different parties and have different philosophies.
“That’s what we ought to be alarmed by. There was tremendous hatred being directed at George W. Bush, you know, that he needed to be impeached and all these insane things,” Kasich said.
“And that same anger has moved on to Barack Obama. And it’s going to move on to whoever should win this election. We ought to be alarmed with the drift in this country away from what’s best for our nation and not what’s best for me as I, you know, vent my anger or frustration.”
The country will never solve its problems if people spend all of their time “spewing anger,” Kasich said.
“I mean, we have to be in a position of where we recognize people’s problems and work to solve them,” he said.
“And so I see this issue as one of a whole number of issues where people are saying, ‘I’m in my silo. Don’t bother me.’ And it’s not good for their children or for our nation.”
Trump on Friday said Obama was born in the United States, but he blamed his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for starting the birther controversy.
Trump had repeatedly questioned whether Obama was born in the U.S., eventually leading the president to release a copy of his birth certificate in 2011.