DeSantis allies privately express anger over Trump jab
Several allies of Florida Gov. CBS News reports that Ron DeSantis’s close aides, including former President Donald Trump’s family, has privately expressed anger at Trump for calling his fellow Republican “Ron DeSanctimonious”. They’re urging DeSantis, his family and his top aides to move forward with a 2024 presidential bid.
The allies reached out to CBS News unprompted, after Trump, during a Saturday night rally in Pennsylvania, gave DeSantis the new nickname. Trump did not repeat his comments in Florida the next day, when he stumped in support of GOP candidates in the Miami region. DeSantis, who is running for reelection in Florida, is at the top. Instead, Trump urged people to “reelect Ron DeSantis” as their governor this week. DeSantis is trying to fend off a challenge by Democrat Charlie Crist, who was a Republican when he served as governor from 2007 to 2011.
With the end in sight for the 2022 midterm elections, tensions over potential presidential 2024 competition are rising to the surface between Trump and DeSantis – two key figures on the Republican landscape. In 2018, Trump endorsed DeSantis early in the race for governor, campaigned with him in Florida and was considered to be a big factor in DeSantis’ victory.
CBS Miami asked Trump what he meant by calling the governor “Ron DeSanctimonious,” and whether he considered DeSantis ungrateful for his help.
“Well, let’s see what happens,” Trump told CBS Miami. “But, in the meantime we hope he wins. I have always had a good relationship with him. Let’s see how it goes. “
Neither Trump nor DeSantis has announced a 2024 presidential bid, but soon after the 2022 midterms, the race for the White House in 2024 is likely to take off.
DeSantis’ political action committee, Friends of Ron DeSantis, has raised nearly $209 million for his 2022 reelection efforts, according to campaign finance data, which is substantially more than he’ll end up spending.
Already, Trump has indicated his own announcement could come within weeks of the midterm elections. CBS News reported last week, that Trump has been calling his donor base in order to inform loyalists and solicit feedback. Three Trump advisers told CBS News that Nov. 14 is one possible date, though another said the date is still fluid.
At least one potential Republican contender has decided against a White House bid this time around. A source close to Sen. Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, said he would not run for president in 2024.
Arden Farhi and Fin Gomez contributed to this report.
Robert Costa is CBS News’ chief election and campaign correspondent based in Washington, D.C.
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