Trump Says DeSantis Presidential Run Would Harm GOP

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( – On April 10, former President Donald Trump tried to dissuade Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) from launching a bid for 2024, stating that if he ran, it would harm his career and split the GOP.

According to The Hill, Trump wrote on Truth Social that DeSantis is young and he is not polling well against him. He added that if he were to run in the 2024 presidential election then that would just cause a divide within the Republican party, and he would ultimately not be able to run for the presidency again in the future. He added that if he were to remain the governor of Florida though, “it would be a whole different story.”

Trump’s campaign also sent out a press release that same day, in which Trump’s campaign targeted DeSantis, particularly regarding whether he would back a change to Florida rule that demands state lawmakers step down before seeking federal office.

Trump’s campaign also pointed out that in 2018, DeSantis had made the decision to leave Congress in order to run for governor, suggesting that he would be a hypocrite if he did not make the same decision if he chose to run for the White House.

According to The Hill, Steven Cheung, a Trump campaign spokesman, argued in a statement that DeSantis wanted to fully be campaigning for the White House “while collecting a salary and having the taxpayers” pay for his transit and security needs. He added that this marks a massive change when compared to his stance in 2018. He added further that DeSantis’ plans for campaign travel seem to be at odds with the state’s “‘Resign to Run’ law.”

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