Former President Trump is working to quash rumors of a feud between him and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. During an interview with Sean Hannity, Trump said the rumors were “fake news.”
Recently, Gov. DeSantis also told reporters that any claims of tension between the two Republicans are false. Hannity asked Trump point-blank if what DeSantis said was true.
Fox News reports:
“Well, he is right,” Trump said, praising DeSantis for his work when he served in the House combating the Russia collusion narrative that dominated coverage of his presidency.
“The Republicans really stuck together, and it was a great thing, and Ron was one of them, and Ron wanted to run [for governor], and I endorsed him, and that helped him greatly, and he went on, and he’s done a really terrific job in Florida,” Trump said. “Ron has been very good. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. It’s totally fake news.”
Trump said he was interested to see DeSantis also speak out strongly against the reports from such outlets as the New York Times and Axios, which have written Trump has privately groused about DeSantis not publicly ruling out a 2024 bid for the presidency. DeSantis embraced Trump and won his endorsement in his 2018 Florida gubernatorial run, riding it to a primary victory before narrowly defeating Democrat Andrew Gillum in the general election.
“I have a very good relationship with Ron and intend to have it for a long time,” Trump said.