Trump has called several GOP donors who contributed money to Ron DeSantis asking them to stop boosting the Florida governor: report




DeSantis Trump
DeSantis Trump  
  • Trump has informed some political donors to stop boosting Ron DeSantis, per The Washington Post.

  • During his calls with donors, the ex-president said that DeSantis could be a potential 2024 rival.

  • Trump's endorsement of DeSantis' 2018 gubernatorial bid was a key moment in the governor's political rise.

Former President Donald Trump has asked several of his donors to refrain from boosting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis - who has emerged as one of the former president's most formidable potential rivals in a GOP presidential primary matchup - according to The Washington Post.

Trump was instrumental in shaping DeSantis' political rise in the Sunshine State, endorsing the little-known congressman in the 2018 gubernatorial primary over a more established rival, then-Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

With the MAGA movement behind DeSantis, he became unstoppable in the GOP primary that year, romping to an easy win over Putnam and narrowly winning the general election over Andrew Gillum, the onetime Democratic star.

But the former president, who established Florida as the center of his political operations after leaving the White House last year, now finds himself having to coexist with a longtime political ally who has the potential to eclipse him in the minds of many Republicans who may not be keen on a third Trump presidential campaign.

DeSantis is currently in the midst of a reelection campaign against Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist, while also stumping for Republican candidates across the country - a sign of his growing influence within the party.

And Trump has noticed how much DeSantis has become a political draw on his own, according to The Post.

Per the newspaper's report, the former president has tracked appearances made by DeSantis, while also monitoring the governor's poll numbers.

Trump has also taken the step of informing several donors who have also contributed to DeSantis to cease their support of the governor, telling them that the Florida Republican could be a potential 2024 rival, according to an individual tied to the donor world who spoke with The Post.

DeSantis has received financial support from the billionaire Citadel founder Ken Griffin, who has said publicly that he would not back a Trump presidential campaign in 2024 and called the former president's White House tenure "pointlessly divisive."

Despite the behind-the-scenes transitions, Trump and DeSantis remain in similar social circles and even ran into each other at a wedding at the former president's Mar-a-Lago resort, per the report.

Insider reached out to representatives of Trump and DeSantis for comment.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Florida federal Judge Aileen Cannon
Florida federal Judge Aileen Cannon 'slammed' by appeals court in Trump case
  • US
  • 2022-12-02 18:00:30Z

Three months ago, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon made the controversial call to appoint an independent expert to examine documents - including classified ...

Trump
Trump's company benefited from tax fraud, prosecutor says at end of trial
  • US
  • 2022-12-02 17:43:56Z

The Trump Organization reaped substantial benefits from a 15-year tax fraud scheme, a prosecutor said near the end of the trial of former U.S. President...

Biden weighs reviving Trump-era immigration restrictions, officials say
Biden weighs reviving Trump-era immigration restrictions, officials say
  • US
  • 2022-12-02 17:12:02Z

U.S. President Joe Biden's administration would make it harder to seek asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border under several plans being considered that bear...

Prosecution resumes closing argument at Trump Org. trial
Prosecution resumes closing argument at Trump Org. trial

Prosecutors resumed their closing argument Friday in the Trump Organization's criminal tax fraud trial, promising to share previously unrevealed details...

DeSantis 2024 prospects prompt Fla. lawmakers to review law
DeSantis 2024 prospects prompt Fla. lawmakers to review law

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may need some help from the state Legislature if he proceeds with a highly anticipated bid for the Republican presidential...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America