Kasich Says He Can’t Yet Embrace Trump as GOP Nominee

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John Kasich announces the end of his White House bid at The Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, in Columbus. Ohio, on Wednesday afternoon. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich announces the end of his White House bid, May 4. He still hasn’t endorsed Trump. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he’s still not ready to endorse Donald Trump as the Republican Party presidential nominee.

Kasich says, “I’m not making any final decision yet but at this point I just can’t do it.”

Kasich, who finished well behind Trump in the delegate hunt, conceded in an interview on MSNBC that he’s feeling pressure in some circles for him to embrace Trump.

He said there are people “who pound on me” but added that “I’m not prepared to do it.” He said Trump is “going to have to change.”

He said, “It’s difficult. … There’s this thing called Republican loyalty.”

Kasich declined to speculate on any moves by GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, saying “they don’t care what I think.”