‘Never in town’: Donald Trump campaign slams Ron DeSantis’ political travel

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The Trump camp claims DeSantis has 'spent half his time campaigning for President outside of Florida.'

The Donald Trump campaign is contending Ron DeSantis is an absentee Governor.

In a new graphic, the Trump camp argues DeSantis has “spent half his time campaigning for President outside of Florida … while taxpayers pick up the tab.”

To underscore that point, Team Trump offers a convenient calendar image.

Under the auspices of a book tour, March included six days on the road, in which the Governor was in Texas, California, Alabama, Iowa, Las Vegas and Georgia.

In April, the travel schedule has been more robust, accounting for 15 days in the 30-day month.

The Governor has gone to New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, New Hampshire, “The Swamp” (Washington, D.C.), South Carolina, Utah, Texas and Japan. He plans to go to South Korea, the United Kingdom and Israel as well.

The Governor’s Office released a statement to Florida Politics in response to the dig from Trump’s team.

“The state does not coordinate or plan political travel, nor does the taxpayer fund political travel. As for the current trip, it is a trade mission through Enterprise Florida and, just like the last one, is not paid for at the taxpayers’ expense,” asserted DeSantis spokesperson Jeremy Redfern.

Trump has cast a shadow over DeSantis in the Land of the Rising Sun, meanwhile, with the Governor grappling with questions about the former President.

On Tuesday in Japan (Monday night in the U.S.), the Florida Governor attempted to take the high road when asked on Sean Hannity’s program why the former President had gone sour on him.

“Once the Midterm Election happened, he started taking shots at me,” DeSantis said. “I didn’t really do anything to do it except do a good job.”

DeSantis was also asked about his poll weakness against Trump.

DeSantis said he’s “not a candidate.”

“We’ll see if and when that changes,” he added.

Trump continues to pillory DeSantis from Florida, including mocking the Governor’s international travel as desperate.

“The ‘Consultants’ are sending DeSanctus, and demanding he go immediately, on an emergency Round the World tour of U.S representative population countries, like South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Israel, in order to up his game and see if he can remove the stain from his failing campaign. Bad poll numbers!”

It remains to be seen how else Trump will take advantage of the Governor’s absence during the penultimate week of Session. But it’s clear he has Florida all to himself at a time when all previous Governors were ensuring their legislative agenda was completed.

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


  • PeterH

    April 25, 2023 at 11:51 am

    DeSantis’s political travel away from the FREEDUMB State of Florida certainly is at the expense of the Florida taxpayer.


    • Did the wifey use Florida's Skymiles

      April 25, 2023 at 12:38 pm

      How did Rhonda’s wife fly? First Class? And on Skymiles perhaps? Skymiles that were earned by State of Florida employees? Skymiles belonging to the State of Florida? Enquiring minds want to know who is footing the bill for Mrs. Rhonda’s world travels on what appears possibly to be either a campaign tour or maybe a book signing tour. What is really going on over there, and why did it have to be so far away? Fewer prying eyes perhaps? We need to know!

    • Rob Desantos

      May 2, 2023 at 4:55 pm

      Reporting today suggests that his international travel was paid for by secretive private dollars — which his legislative toadies want to help keep hidden — which is just way, way dirtier for Pudding Fingers. It seems that, realizing his presidential ambitions are shot, Tiny D is going full-on corruption, to get hi$ while he can.

  • Ron DeSantis

    April 25, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Trump’s lies cost Ashli Babbitt her life and a thousand others have a criminal record because of the man. Plus, frivolous litigation to overturn a free and fair election… and “I just need you to find more votes than we have.” If he gets the nomination then he will lose!!!

    • Dont Say FLA

      April 25, 2023 at 12:32 pm

      Ashey Blabbit plus two other so-called normal tourists died that day, plus the Capitol polices that were directly killed and the ones who suicided afterward. That’s a whole lotta blood on Defelonious Javina Trump’s hands, especially considering how tiny they are.

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 25, 2023 at 12:28 pm

    While Meatwad was in Georgia he and his girlfren Marjorie Trailer Green were not even able to deal with a routine ATF inspection early the same week at the gun store where he was signing books late in the week. The ATF very kindly sent extra folks so they could get in and get out and definitely be gone before his book burning event. What was his response? He cried a Trail of Tears about so many ATF agents, it’s so unfair! Wahhh! The man could not deal with ATF nobodies performing a simple routine inspection and leaving before his arrival in town, and he thinks he can be President of the whole USA. What a silly cracker!

  • Big Talk from a Widdle Man

    April 25, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    After the remaining indictments come down, Defelonious Javina Trump hisself will likely also be world traveling, but to places with no extradition treaty, same as Edward Snow done. Defelonious was constantly smooching up to Putin because Defelonious realized he might need to move to Russia in the near future.

  • Donald J Trump

    April 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Ron rolled around on the floor and cried for my endorsement. Afterwards, he washed my suit with his tears and then crawled away sobbing. Vote for me. I’ll protect LGBT and abortion in Florida. I’ll set up federal abortion clinics and send in the military if anyone has a problem with it.

  • Don Berry

    April 26, 2023 at 10:14 am

    I would really like to see a calendar set up the same way of Trumps days playing golf on taxpayer’s money. Along with the cost for the secret service.

    • Rob Desantos

      May 2, 2023 at 4:57 pm

      Puddin Fingers’ legislative cronies would really like for you to not see that .

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