And THAT means that Donald Trump wants a possible opponent to get in line ‘behind’ him….
The world revolves around HIM…..
People talking about DeSantis 2024 gets under his skin….
A statement to CNN from Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich appeared to confirm Trump’s obsession with receiving credit for DeSantis’ success. Budowich said the former President’s 2020 victory in Florida “paved the way for Republicans, including Governor Ron DeSantis, to sweep the state in 2022” and suggested that Trump “catapulted” then-Congressman DeSantis “into the Governor’s Mansion” with his endorsement in the 2018 GOP primary for Florida governor.
“President Trump remains committed and supportive of Governor Ron DeSantis, who has been a champion for President Trump’s America First agenda,” said Budowich….
Two people close to the situation said DeSantis has privately assured Trump and others that he has no intention of challenging him in a GOP presidential primary, but they noted that Trump won’t be fully satisfied until the governor says so publicly.
“I don’t think Trump appreciates the conundrum DeSantis is in. He wants him to say, ‘I won’t run,’ but DeSantis isn’t going to weigh in like that,” said a former Trump aide, who suggested that DeSantis’ current approach was politically savvy given his interest in securing another term as governor.
“It’s a very smart view. Until you get reelected, don’t start to have a conversation about 2024. If you’re trying to ask people for your vote and you’re leaning into presidential speculation, it makes it a lot harder,” the aide said.
Though DeSantis has previously dismissed 2024 chatter about him as “nonsense,” he has avoided taking the unequivocal public vow not to challenge Trump that other prospective Republican hopefuls have made….