Donald Trump reportedly described Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, expected among political analysts as a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, as ‘fat’, ‘phony’ and ‘whiner’, according to New York Times correspondent Maggie Haberman.
The White House reporter, adapting her book Confidence Man: The Creation of Donald Trump and America’s Collapse in Atlanticclaims Mr. Trump’s aides heard the former president draw an unflattering comparison between the governor and former 2016 GOP nominee Chris Christie, whom Mr. Trump called “opportunistic.”
“I heard Trump described Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in similar terms, calling him ‘fat,’ ‘fake,’ and ‘crybaby,’ while claiming credit for running for office in 2018 “, writes Ms. Haberman.
Mr Trump also reportedly took credit for the gubernatorial election in 2018, when he narrowly beat Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum. At the time, then-President Trump described Mr DeSantis as a “great friend” and a “tough guy”.
The pair reportedly spoke frequently while the former president was in office, but “those days are over,” an aide said. The Washington Post.
Mr. DeSantis has not publicly announced any intention to run for president in 2024, and he has repeatedly said that he intends to run for and remain governor of Florida. But his growing national profile is said to have irked Mr Trump as he considered returning to the White House.
His name has appeared on several GOP straw polls weighing 2,024 options over the past few months, falling to second place behind Mr Trump, while his campaign money has eclipsed the former president’s runs in the top six months of the year. Mr. DeSantis has raised nearly $180 million, breaking fundraising records among governors.
As he ran for re-election against Democratic candidate and former congressman Charlie Crist, the governor also traveled across the United States to rally alongside Trump-backed candidates in battleground states leading in the 2022 midterm elections.
The governor – who has advanced an “America First” agenda with his own combative and controversial campaign targeting Covid-19 counseling, transgender health care and classroom teaching on issues related to race and gender – has recently came under scrutiny for flying Venezuelan migrants to Texas. at Martha’s Vineyard.
Last week, Governor DeSantis mentioned Mr. Trump while defending the plan, criticizing what he called a failure by Democratic officials on the U.S.-Mexico border.
He said the “sanctuary” cities were an attempt “to signal virtue against Trump and do all these other things.”
“They basically do it to make themselves feel good, but they don’t want to have to deal with the consequences of the policies they’re advocating for all of you,” he said at an event in Wisconsin.
The former president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, meanwhile criticized Mr DeSantis’ plan, suggesting the migrants are being used as “political pawns”.
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