Former President Trump on Tuesday said that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) should be more gracious for having received an endorsement from Trump during his first gubernatorial bid. This has been the latest sign of increased tension between the two men who are widely expected to be the two primary candidates trying to win the GOP nomination for the White House in 2024.
Trump told NewsNation in an interview that he has “had a decent relationship” with DeSantis but that had it not been for his endorsement, DeSantis would not have managed to win the race as easily. He added that this was why he believed DeSantis “could have been more gracious, but that’s up to him.”
Trump also added that in the closing days of the 2018 midterm elections he had held rallies for DeSantis.
However, in recent days Trump has been more critical of DeSantis, whom many consider being the most viable opposition that Trump will face if they both seek the GOP presidential nomination.
At a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday, Trump nicknamed the Florida governor “Ron DeSanctimonious” during a part of his speech where he discussed polling numbers for other potential primary challengers. In a rally he held in Miami on Sunday, Trump also did not extend an invitation to DeSantis, even though at the rally he did encourage voters to vote for him. Trump reportedly also voted for DeSantis on Tuesday.