Trump Campaign Says John Kasich’s Absence From RNC is ‘Embarrassing’

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The Republican National Convention kicked off with fireworks Monday morning between the Donald Trump campaign and the governor of the host state, with campaign manager Paul Manafort calling former Trump rival Gov. John Kasich’s absence from the event “embarrassing.”

The Ohio governor has been an outspoken Trump critic, and has not buried the hatchet with the presumptive Republican nominee since suspending his own presidential campaign earlier this year. Manafort, who also is the convention manager for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told NBC’s “Today” that Kasich missing the convention “makes no sense.”

“He is embarrassing his state, frankly,” Manafort said.

The barbs underscored the lingering tensions between Trump and certain wings of the party, as the campaign tries to use to weeklong convention to forge unity going into the general election campaign against Hillary Clinton.

Manafort said on MSNBC it was a “big mistake” for Kasich to stay home.

“Most of the Republicans who aren’t coming are people who have been part of the past,” Manafort said.

Kasich, a rival of Trump’s for the Republican nomination, has not endorsed his party’s likely standard bearer and has been critical of Trump.

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SOURCE: Fox News