‘Totally fake news’: Donald Trump downplays any split with Ron DeSantis
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Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump
Trump says they have a 'very good relationship' amid reports of a rift.

Former President Donald Trump is insisting reports of a conflict with Gov. Ron DeSantis are “totally fake news.”

Trump has a “very good relationship” with DeSantis, he said earlier Thursday, continuing that narrative on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News show later that night.

“I get along great with Ron,” Trump said. “Ron was very good on the (Robert) Mueller hoax. He was right in front along with Jim Jordan and all of the rest of them; they were fantastic. Republicans really stuck together. It was a great thing, and Ron was one of them.”

“Ron wanted to run, and I endorsed him. and I helped him greatly, and he went on,” Trump continued. “He’s done a really terrific job in Florida. Ron’s been very good, he’s been a friend of mine for a long time.”

Next, Trump pivoted to the reported quarrels between him and DeSantis.

“It’s totally fake news,” he contended. “I think Ron said it last week, he said it very publicly, ‘The press is never going to get in the middle of my friendship with Donald Trump. We’re not going to do that stuff.'”

“And he said it very strongly, which I thought was really interesting, actually, and very nice. And he said that, and I agree with him 100%.”

“I have a very good relationship with Ron,” Trump added. “And intend to have it for a long time.”

Trump’s words seem to be an attempt to spackle over reports of a rift; in most 2024 GOP primary polls, DeSantis is running second to the former President.

The comments came in the wake of widely reported tensions between the two, including claims it would be “too much to ask” for DeSantis to preemptively endorse another Trump term in 2024, while he lamented a “dull” DeSantis.

Those on the Trump side of the divide are more willing to stoke the fires of discontent than DeSantis adherents seem to be.

On Wednesday, Lara Trump discounted rumors of “bad blood” between the two Republicans while suggesting Florida’s Governor may need “another opportunity” to demonstrate his support for Trump ahead of 2024.

That same day, Trump associate Roger Stone — teasing his own third-party challenge to DeSantis’ re-election in 2022 — released a video claiming the former President had to “drag (DeSantis) over the finish line” in 2018 against Democrat Andrew Gillum.

Meanwhile, during a Tuesday appearance on the Fox Business Channel, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez dismissed reports of a split as “media obsession” and “made-up animosity.”

For his part, the Governor is trying to avoid giving engaging quotes on the matter.

“Don’t take the bait, and just kind of keep on keeping on. We need everybody united for a big red wave in 2022,” DeSantis said last week on the Ruthless podcast.

 Unity is the word here, at least on the record.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • just a comment

    January 21, 2022 at 8:03 am

    We have brag corruption in the news they brag to bring about hate hate and power of you. they use negativity and panhandle love for money

    • Concern Citizen

      January 21, 2022 at 8:50 am

      JAC = Troll with no command of the English language. Christina Pushaw should hire better trolls.

  • Tom

    January 21, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Non concerned citizen.
    You are the #1 troll. Your ignorance is second to none, except compared to Alex or Peter h. You are in the running. You liars make everything bout hate. You and the others complain bout Goebbels and propaganda. You and N Fraud, others have made Hitler a issue, fake news you all are. As I said before, you all are pathetic liars. Disgraceful.

    DeSantis is America’s Governor. He will trounce all of you, N Fraud has no chance. Stone will get crushed. You are a fool and a troll concerned citizen. LMAO.

  • Frankie M.

    January 21, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Sounds like a confirmation from Trump to me.

    • Tom

      January 23, 2022 at 9:28 pm

      You are just a dumb ass Frankie!
      That’s all you dumb ass Manchurians can say is Trump! No issues, no substance and no understanding.
      America’s Governor had destroyed the Dums in Florida. Cry eye.

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