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Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 'You Don't Take People's Kids Away'

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 'You Don't Take People's Kids Away'
Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 12 July 2018 04:09 PM

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump for using "wrecking ball diplomacy" with U.S. allies and separating migrant children from their parents.

The Republican governor told CNN on Thursday: "You don't to take people's kids away. We're all humans. Think about what it would be like if your family got put into this kind of a position, or if your children were separated from you.

"So, the administration had this policy. Now guess what, they're back to the old policy that they said was not acceptable. That's basically what they're doing, catch and release. So, deal with the problem in the whole neighborhood. Make sure you strengthen the borders. Stop the drugs because the drugs are a big problem. But you got to get to the root cause of this."

He added the U.S. needs "more asylum judges. We have to have facilities. When parents come here with their kids, when people are refugees, they need to be housed. We need to find out if they're at risk. In addition to that, yes, we need to do things at the border. But we need a bigger strategy than that. We got to get to the root of the problem, like we did in Colombia. Not that it's perfect there.

"We need to invest militarily and economically with our neighborhood. We need to help Mexico get on its feet. We need to stop all this crime, these drug cartels which are flooding our country. We need to go to the root of the problem."

Kasich also addressed Trump's rhetoric on the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, saying, "it's undeniable that our relations with our NATO countries is fraying . . . I think at times the president has engaged in a wrecking ball diplomacy, which you go in, you wreck everything up, then at the end you declare great things. Pushing them on burden sharing is good. There's no increase about what was agreed to a few years ago. Maybe accelerating it, give the president credit for that."

He added later, "NATO is not stronger. It's more frayed. Now, can it change? Can the president change direction? Can we repair this relationship? It's vital because if it is not repaired, it weakens us. We need our allies."

Despite his criticism of Trump, Kasich said at the end of the interview he does not foresee another presidential bid.

"I would love to be in a position to help our country, but so what," he said when asked if he wanted to be president. "There's a long distance between that and how you get there. I also, by the way, would like to play on the PGA tour. I don't think that's in my future."

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President Donald Trump is using "wrecking ball diplomacy" with U.S. allies and separating migrant children from their parents, according to Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, on Thursday.
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