Ron DeSantis tells Japanese press he’s ‘not a candidate’ for President

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'We'll see if and when that changes.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis may be on the other side of the world, but some of the questions he’s getting are familiar.

DeSantis met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida Monday. After the meeting, reporters quickly asked if the Florida Governor had higher aspirations.

Asked if he was running for President of the United States, DeSantis said he’s “not a candidate.”

“We’ll see if and when that changes,” the Governor said, in footage provided by the Sunday Times of Britain.

DeSantis, beginning a four-country trade mission in Japan, said “many Floridians” and he and wife Casey DeSantis “have great regard for the Japanese people, Japanese culture, and really appreciate what a great ally Japan has been to the United States for many, many decades.”

“We’re excited to be here to be able to explore more relations with Florida and Japan,” the Governor said.

“A strong Japan is good for America. And a strong America is good for Japan,” DeSantis added, according to Nikkei. “Our country is there with you every step of the way.”

It wasn’t just state-to-country relations, however.

The Japan Times’ report focused on defense and military issues, and the “essential” U.S. alliance with Japan.

“We very much applaud your efforts to bolster your defenses,” DeSantis told Kishida. “We understand it’s a tough neighborhood out here with North Korea and the rise of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party).”

“We really believe that a strong, strong Japan is good for America, and a strong America is good for Japan,” he added. “So we commend you on that. And we hope that our country is there with you every step of the way.”

Economic cooperation was also a focus of the remarks.

“There’s a lot of economic opportunities, and we know that Japan has some of the best companies that have ever existed,” DeSantis said.

Direct airline flights, such as those between the U.S. and Israel, are a goal that could be achievable. The Governor made a pitch for those in Florida in remarks to the Southeastern United States – Japan Conference in Orlando.

In the stateside speech, the Governor raved about meat and Japanese cooks.

“You have these unbelievable Japanese sushi chefs who are now in Florida, doing really, really great things! They bring in this Kobe beef,” DeSantis said. “It’s unbelievable what’s going on.”

There is no indication that the Governor offered similar ruminations during Monday’s state visit, however.

DeSantis will head to South Korea next, and will also visit Israel and the United Kingdom.

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


7 comments

  • Earl Pitts American

    April 24, 2023 at 7:19 am

    Good morning America,
    You just know employees of the fake polling business’s got early wake up calls this morning.
    They all are already at work making up fake new polling “results” to lead the Anerican voting sheeple in the direction their bosses have ordered in light of Desantis new information “reveal”.
    If you think about it Desantis is in charge of these morons by whatever he decides to say at any time. Just in case you wanted to know who is really leading who. Stand by to have your “political nose ring” jerked in a new and exciting direction all you dook 4 brains liberal sheeple!!!
    Anyway Stand By America for your New And Improved “Fake Polls”!!!!! Have a great day America!!!
    Thank you America,
    Earl “Smarter Than You” Pitts American

    • Elliott Offen

      April 24, 2023 at 7:21 am

      👆 Delusional narcissist

  • Elliott Offen

    April 24, 2023 at 7:24 am

    Jared Al-Kushner 2 billion in bed with the Saudis. Ron Shinto DeSantis hundred million in bed with the Japanese? Japanese campaign contributions? Japanese vacation on tax payer dime?

    • Tom

      April 24, 2023 at 8:00 am

      Maybe he’s learning seppuku so when he fails to get the nomination, he can do it with style. I can’t imagine any other reason that he’d be wasting taxpayer money on this trip.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 24, 2023 at 7:45 am

    Little Ron Duh might launch a bid for US President, but he won’t be a candidate. He can’t even win Fleur D’uh, so he’s been begging the 34 & countingly indicted guy that’s spanking him to move to Beverly, Hills that is, swimming pools, movie stars. Ron will learn a lesson in wokeness from this endeavor when he cries another trial of tears like he and his girlfren Marjorie Trailer up in Georgia cried about the ATF doing a routine inspection of a gun store on a Monday when Rhonda’s Panties would be there Friday, like they checked with him dumb arse or something lol what a narsissy.

  • Ron is Right!

    April 24, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Ron DeSantis is absolutely right. He is not a candidate for U.S. President. At least not a serious one.

    • John Puglisi

      April 24, 2023 at 3:47 pm

      Ron DeSantis 2024!!!

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