Trump also shared posts from other Truth Social users who had criticized DeSantis.
“DeSantis has never been America first, he is faking it trying to build his conservative credentials until he is elected president. Jeb Bush, Karl roves, Paul Ryan they are hiding in the background pushing him. Governor is as far as he goes,” someone declared in one of the posts that Trump shared.
DeSantis, a Republican governor who secured reelection last year, is widely viewed as a potential 2024 presidential contender, though he has not announced plans to run — if the governor does throw his hat into the ring, he would need to defeat Trump in order to secure the GOP presidential nomination — Trump announced in November that he is seeking another term in the White House.
Trump has said that DeSantis would not have become the 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee or won election without his support — Trump said that when he hears that DeSantis may run, he views that prospect as “very disloyal.”
Trump has repeatedly referred to DeSantis as “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
He said that he voted for DeSantis during the 2022 governor’s race.
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, who served during a portion of Trump’s White House tenure, is reportedly planning to announce a presidential bid later this month.
“Nikki has to follow her heart, not her honor. She should definitely run!” Trump said in a post on Wednesday. Trump’s post included a 2021 clip of Haley saying that she would support Trump if he were to run in 2024 and that she would not run if he ran.
“I would not run if President Trump ran,” she said when asked if a Trump presidential run would preclude her from running. During her comments in 2021, Haley went on to say that the issue is one they would discuss if that choice needed to be made, though that portion of her comment was not included in the clip Trump shared in his post.
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