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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says he should have spoken ‘much louder’ about Trump’s stay-at-home order when COVID-19 first emerged

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addresses a joint session of the legislature, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla.AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis said he didn’t consider lockdowns a possibility when COVID-19 first emerged.

  • In a December interview, DeSantis declined to answer if he had received a COVID-19 reminder.

  • During Donald Trump’s presidency, DeSantis has been one of his closest allies.

On Thursday, Ron DeSantis said on the conservative ‘Ruthless’ podcast that if he could change a decision he made as governor of Florida, he would have been ‘much stronger’ in his opposition to the stay order. home address issued by former President Donald. Trump when the coronavirus first emerged.

“I never would have thought in February, early March that [COVID-19] would lead to locking down the country,” DeSantis told the podcast hosts. “I just didn’t. I didn’t think it was on the radar.”

The DeSantis interview follows reports from Maggie Haberman of The New York Times earlier in the week, Trump told aides that “he doesn’t get the deference” from the Governor of Florida, one of his closest allies throughout his presidency, whom he wants to steer toward. the 2024 elections.

As Trump has increasingly voiced his support for COVID-19 vaccines in recent months, DeSantis was hesitant to tell Fox News host Maria Bartiromo if he received a reminder during an interview in December.

“So I did everything I did. The normal plan, and that ultimately is people’s individual decisions about what they want to do,” DeSantis told Bartiromo.

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