During his visit to the White House earlier this week, Ohio Governor John Kasich of the Republican Party, who was known as a critic of Donald Trump during his campaign, called out to protesters to ask them to respect the administration of the incoming president.
Kasich was recently at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to attend the victory party held by President Barack Obama for the Cleveland Cavaliers after winning the 2016 NBA championship. While he was there, he was asked by reporters regarding the results of the election.
The governor noted that he’s aware of the protests against Trump happening in different parts of the country. Although he was against Trump during the presidential campaign, he said that the public should respect the results of the election and give the president-elect a chance to lead the nation.
“I just want to remind everyone in our country that the office of the presidency needs to be respected,” he said according to The Hill. “Today, I said my prayers on the plane for the success of Donald Trump. And I think as Americans, we all need to come together.”
Up until Election Day, Kasich has been a staunch critic of Trump. In fact, instead of voting for Trump, he voted for Arizona Senator John McCain. But, following Trump’s win, it seems Kasich had a change of heart and realized the importance of unification now that the country is about to have a new president.
But, as noted by the governor, he will probably turn down offers from the Trump administration about working in the White House. For him, his current duty is to continue serving as the governor of Ohio.
However, this doesn’t mean that he’s not willing to work with the incoming president. According to Kasich, if the White House needs his advice or assistance on certain matters, he will always be willing to help out.