President Donald Trump attacked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s ongoing tour of U.S. states and U.S. representative population countries in a blistering Truth Social post on Monday, calling out the trip as a last-ditch effort to save a “failing campaign.”
“The ‘Consultants’ are sending DeSanctus, and demanding he go immediately, on an emergency Round the World tour of U.S representative population countries, like South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Israel, in order to up his game and see if he can remove the stain from his failing campaign,” Trump wrote.
He continued, “Bad poll numbers! Perhaps he can, and perhaps he can’t, who really knows, but he’ll have plenty of time to think as he sits alone, on his tax payer funded airplane, riding it out and thinking, WHY???”
So far, in 2023, DeSantis has traveled to many key battleground states on an unofficial “book tour,” delivering speeches in places like Iowa, Ohio, and even California. On Monday, he and his wife, Casey DeSantis, visited Japan and met with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, according to Fox News.
The stop in Japan was part of DeSantis’s multi-country itinerary, which includes Israel, South Korea, and Britain, Fox further revealed.
Although DeSantis has not yet officially announced a bid for the 2024 presidency, his national and international trips have drawn speculation that he is gearing up to do so. However, the Florida governor’s poll numbers among GOP primary voters have waned.
RSBN reported that in a new Clarity Campaign poll, Trump held a 45-point lead (65 percent) over DeSantis (20 percent).
Trump also joked on Sunday that the donors who are supposedly pushing DeSantis to run for president were considering “sending Ron to the great Walter Reed Medical Center for an emergency personality transplant.”
As for DeSantis’s potential 2024 presidential run, he spoke to CNN in Tokyo on Monday morning about Trump’s dominating poll numbers. “I’m not a candidate, so we’ll see if and when that changes,” the governor said.