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Latest Reports Have Trump and DeSantis Feud Boiling Over

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As Donald Trump continues to find himself as a target of congressional committees, state attorneys general, and federal law enforcement, the former President is vowing not to shift his plans to run for office again in 2024.  In fact, Trump has explicitly stated that an indictment wouldn’t prevent him from announcing his reelection bid – even though he hasn’t technically told the nation whether or not he’s running at all.

But, given the trouble that he keeps finding himself in, there are some within the GOP who are posturing to take his place on the 2024 ballot, the most notable being Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The possibility seems to have the pair at odds with one another for the time being.

Donald Trump put his full force behind Ron DeSantis in 2018, rallying with the GOP gubernatorial candidate in his home state of Florida. “My great friend,” Trump said. “A tough, brilliant cookie.”

Four years later, Trump has yet to endorse DeSantis as he seeks a second term and is unlikely to campaign for him, according to Trump advisers with knowledge of the former president’s intentions. The two men once spoke regularly, a close Trump adviser said, but, “those days are gone.” The two haven’t talked since early in the summer, people familiar with the matter said, and DeSantis has not asked Trump to campaign for him.

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Trump appears to be rather curious about DeSantis’ plans.

The former president tracks DeSantis’s public appearances and polling numbers, according to his advisers who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to share private conversations. He has also soured on DeSantis, repeatedly criticizing him and telling advisers: “I made him.”

“He’s ungrateful,” Trump has said, according to two people close to him. “I knew him from watching Fox, and he’d done a good job about me and other things. He’s an Ivy League baseball player,” Trump has said, explaining his 2018 endorsement, according to a person who has visited his Mar-a-Lago Club and heard him talk about DeSantis. “I don’t understand what happened here. I don’t understand why he doesn’t appreciate me more.”

Trump recently polled a room of visitors at his Bedminster golf club about what they thought of DeSantis, according to a person present for the gathering.

DeSantis has been playing coy about his potential run in 2024, but has been making a number of behind-the-scenes moves that seem to indicate his plans, including courting megadonors in Utah weeks ago.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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