President Trump on Thursday dispelled rumors that he was privately feuding with Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., a story that the mainstream media has perpetuated dogmatically over the past few months.
“I get along great with Ron,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity when asked if the rumors were, in what Hannity quoted DeSantis as saying, “B.S.”
Trump responded, “Well, he is right.”
Over the past year, there have been multiple comparisons between President Trump and Gov. DeSantis’ strong, conservative policies, but rumors have previously swirled that the two political leaders didn’t get along.
“Ron wanted to run [for governor],” Trump said in his interview. “And I endorsed him and that helped him greatly.” He added that DeSantis has, “done a really terrific job” governing the great state of Florida.
Additionally, many of the “stories” circulating about Trump’s alleged dislike of DeSantis are backed only by anonymous sources or former Trump advisors who seem to have a bone to pick with the 45th president.
The Hill reported in January that Sam Nunberg, a former advisor to Trump, said, “This is a fight for mid-2021. It’s not a fight to start having in 2022.” However, it looks like Trump is putting a stop to the chatter by revealing that there is absolutely no discontent between him and Gov. DeSantis.
Trump continued, “[Ron] has been a friend of mine for a long time.” He added that the rumors were, “totally fake news” and quoted Gov. DeSantis as saying that, “’the press is never going to get in the middle of my friendship with Donald Trump.’”
Gov. DeSantis recently made headlines in Florida for receiving the Defender of Freedom award and has won the hearts of many Americans across the country for his strong, unflinching stances against vaccine mandates and passports.
Likewise, President Trump is beloved by his supporters, and it’s likely a huge relief for them to hear that President Trump’s friendship with Gov. Ron DeSantis is still flourishing and intact, especially in light of Trump’s potential 2024 bid for president.
There are many who would love to see DeSantis run as the vice presidential pick, but there are also many Floridians who would prefer that their conservative governor remain exactly where he is.