Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are all-too-familiar with criticism from Donald Trump from their time in the Republican presidential primaries. But that criticism hasn’t stopped just because they’re out of the race. Trump has put his former opponents on notice that unless they publicly endorse him, they will not be invited to speak at the Republican convention in July.
Though Trump might have assumed his opponents would eventually agree to his terms, both Cruz and Kasich have remained unfazed by Trump’s threats and the prospect they won’t receive an invitation. Spokespersons for both former Republican candidates have made it clear that neither of them are even interested in attending, much less speaking, at Trump’s Republican convention next month.
According to the New York Times, Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for Cruz, said the Texas senator had no expectation about receiving a speaking slot. The same holds true for Kasich.
“We have not sought, nor are we expecting, a speaking slot at the convention,” said Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf.
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