Trump says he was ‘very responsible’ for getting Ron DeSantis elected as Florida’s governor

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has come out tops in several straw polls asking conservatives who they’d want to see in the White House.

Former President Donald Trump has claimed credit for Ron DeSantis becoming Florida’s governor.
Trump said he doesn’t know if DeSantis plans to run in the 2024 presidential election.
The relationship between the two is “complicated,” a lawyer close to DeSantis told The New Yorker.

Former President Donald Trump said on Monday that he’s “very responsible” for Ron DeSantis being elected governor of Florida in 2019, as attention grows around the possibility of the two facing off for the Republican presidential nomination.

In a phone interview on Newsmax’s “The Balance,” Trump was asked for his thoughts on DeSantis running for the White House.

“I don’t know that he wants to run. I have a good relationship with Ron, I don’t know that he wants to run. I haven’t seen that. You’re telling me something that I’ve not seen, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump told the show’s host, Eric Bolling.

“But no, I was very responsible for getting him elected,” the former president said.

Trump’s on-air comments align with his claims in a New Yorker article about DeSantis published on Monday.

“If I didn’t endorse him, he wouldn’t have won,” Trump said of the Florida governor, per the outlet. The former president endorsed DeSantis in 2017 over then-GOP frontrunner Adam Putnam, who had a $15 million campaign war chest.

The New Yorker wrote that Susan Wiles, a political strategist who helped Trump win the 2016 election, had managed DeSantis’ gubernatorial campaign, but that the governor broke ties with her after he was elected over a dispute.

Many wealthy donors who supported Trump’s 2020 election bid have also started making contributions to a political committee tied to DeSantis, Politico reported …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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