Trump rips into Kasich at RNC dinner

Then-candidate Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are pictured during a 2016 Republican presidential primary debate in Coral Gables, Florida. The Trump-Kasich feud has been simmering ever since the 2016 campaign. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Trump rips into Kasich at RNC dinner

The president also described to the audience how he aced a mental acuity test.

President Donald Trump on Thursday evening, tore into Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a GOP rival and potential 2020 primary challenger.

Appearing before a Republican National Committee dinner at his downtown Washington hotel, the president went after the Ohio governor several times by name, according to three people who were present. The president mocked Kasich, who is being termed-out of office and fell short in the 2016 GOP primary, and described him as one of his loudest and most relentless critics.

At one point in the meeting, Trump brought onstage Bob Paduchik, who the president selected to serve as Republican National Committee co-chair after overseeing Trump’s successful 2016 campaign in Ohio. One person who was in attendance recalled the president heaping praise on Paduchik for helping him win the critical swing state, where he’d faced opposition from the governor. The president recounted the Ohio campaign and how he ultimately won the state.

A Kasich representative did not respond to a request for comment. White House spokespersons also did not respond to a request for comment.

escorted out a few minutes after he began talking.

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