- Trump believes he “made” DeSantis a GOP star and says he could show more appreciation, according to CNN.
- The former president isn’t thrilled that DeSantis won’t publicly reject a 2024 campaign if he does show up.
- The Florida governor, who has seen his campaign skyrocket among GOP voters nationwide, is running for re-election in 2022.
At the end of 2017, then-President Donald Trump endorsed the then-fledgling gubernatorial campaign. Ron DeSantis, pitting the largely unknown Florida congressman against then-Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who many Republicans expected him to easily win the nomination.
However, when the GOP primary votes were counted in August 2018, DeSantis would end up defeating Putnam by almost 20 percentage points.
There was no doubt that Trump, who by then had become the most important kingmaker in Republican politics, had helped launch DeSantis into the political stratosphere of one of the country’s most important swing states.
DeSantis narrowly won the general election against then-Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, a Democrat, and after Trump’s electoral defeat last fall, the governor has emerged as one of the top potential presidential candidates. of 2024 among Republicans.
But there is one big obstacle – Trump.
As the former president teases a 2024 presidential candidacy, he still overwhelmingly controls the GOP party apparatus – and according to a CNN report, he wants DeSantis to give him more credit for a political rise that has taken him down. Florida politician a household name among Republicans nationwide.
DeSantis has been praised by Republicans for his hands-off approach to tackling the coronavirus in Florida and his vehement opposition to vaccination warrants and masks for children in K-12 public schools.
Trump, who resides at his Mar-a-Lago club in South Florida, has clearly observed the political gossip, with the former president becoming “more obsessed” with “receiving credit” for DeSantis’ rise, according to CNN.
Trump has openly considered considering DeSantis as a potential running mate in 2024, but in recent weeks the former president has also said there are “a lot of good people” to consider.
The former president also said he would “beat” DeSantis in a GOP primary if the governor decided to throw his hat in the ring.
âIt’s not that Trump is complaining about Ronâ¦ but he likes to remind Ron and the others that he did,â according to a person close to Trump who spoke to CNN.
The individual added that Trump has informed people in his orbit that the Florida governor may show more appreciation.
Politico first reported last week of growing tension in relations between the two Republicans.
In a statement to CNN, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich took note of the former president’s political chops regarding DeSantis, writing that the former president “paved the way for Republicans, including the Governor Ron DeSantis, to sweep the state in 2022 “and suggested he” catapulted “the governor” into the governor’s mansion “with his seal of approval during the 2018 GOP primary.
“President Trump remains committed and supports Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been a champion of President Trump’s America First program,” Budowich added.
However, despite the intricacies and continued communication between the two men, Trump is “growing increasingly irritated” that DeSantis does not stop a 2024 presidential race if the former president makes his own offer, according to CNN.
Two people with knowledge of the situation said the governor informed Trump that he had no plans to run against him in a GOP primary, but the former president would not be satisfied until DeSantis stood up. would not be spoken publicly, according to the network.
“I don’t think Trump appreciates the conundrum DeSantis is in. He wants him to say, ‘I won’t run,’ but DeSantis isn’t going to weigh like that,” a former Trump aide told CNN , highlighting the candidacy for re-election as governor next year.
âThat’s a very smart vision. Until you’re re-elected, don’t start having a conversation about 2024. If you try to ask people for your vote and lean into presidential speculation, that makes them much more difficult things, âthe assistant added.
DeSantis has already called the political speeches of 2024 “nonsense” and officially filed for re-election as governor earlier this month.
âI don’t envision anything other than my job,â Governor Sean Hannity told Fox News host Sean Hannity in September.