Trump calls reports of rift with DeSantis 'fake news,' intends to have good relationship 'for a long time'

During Trump’s phone interview on “Hannity,” host Sean Hannity relayed that DeSantis said there was no conflict or bickering between the two when he met recently with one of Hannity’s friends.

“그가 옳습니까??” 하니티가 물었다.

(AP)

“잘, he is right,” 트럼프는 말했다, praising DeSantis for his work when he served in the House combating the Russia collusion narrative that dominated coverage of his presidency.

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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,” 트럼프는 말했다. “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.

플로리다 정부. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at LifeScience Logistics to urge the Biden administration to approve Florida's plan to import prescription drugs from Canada, thereby saving Floridians an estimated $  100 million annually on drug costs.

플로리다 정부. Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at LifeScience Logistics to urge the Biden administration to approve Florida’s plan to import prescription drugs from Canada, thereby saving Floridians an estimated $ 100 million annually on drug costs. (Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

I have a very good relationship with Ron and intend to have it for a long time,” 트럼프는 말했다.

DeSantis, who is running for reelection this year, has seen his popularity surge among Republican voters in his state and around the nation over the past year and a half, thanks in large part to his pushback against COVID-19 restrictions amid the 코로나 바이러스 감염병 세계적 유행.

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After Trump recently said in an interview that politicians who won’t publicly say whether they’ve received a COVID vaccine booster shot aregutless– which was widely seen as a shot at DeSantis – the governor appeared to return fire in an interview on the popular conservative 팟 캐스트 “Ruthless.DeSantis said he should have beenmuch louderin trying to convince Trump to oppose lockdowns as the pandemic was sweeping the nation in February and March 2020.

And the governor touted thatwhen COVID was first coming… I was telling Trump ‘stop the flights from China’ because we didn’t know what we were dealing with.DeSantis shut down Florida as the pandemic engulfed the nation, but was also one of the first governors in 2020 to lift coronavirus restrictions.

Trump has predicted that if he runs for the White House again, DeSantis won’t run. The governor has deflected when asked about 2024, and DeSantis blamed the media for talk of any tensions with the former president.

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Former President Trump reacts as he holds a rally in Florence, 애리조나, 1 월. 15, 2022.

Former President Trump reacts as he holds a rally in Florence, 애리조나, 1 월. 15, 2022. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

I think this is what the media does, and you cannot fall for the bait. You know what they’re trying to do. Don’t take the bait, and just kind of keep on keeping on. We need everybody united for a big red wave in 2022,the governor argued.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance last year, Trump said if he ran again and DeSantis also pursued the 2024 지명, he’dbeat him like I would beat everyone else.

Trump has been noncommittal about a third run for the presidency, telling Hannity he’d let people know at a later date. He again seemed to hint he would, 그러나, saying he would make Hannity and others “행복” with his decision.

I knew you were not going to answer that question,” Hannity는 말했다.

폭스 뉴스’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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