Trump called several GOP donors who paid money to Ron DeSantis to ask them to stop boosting Florida governor: report

Then-President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at the White House on April 28, 2020.AP Photo/Evan Vucci

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

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

  • Trump’s endorsement of DeSantis’ gubernatorial bid in 2018 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 Governor Ron DeSantis – who has emerged as one of the former president’s most formidable potential rivals in a presidential primary game in the GOP- according to the Washington Post.

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

With the MAGA movement behind DeSantis, he became unstoppable in the GOP primary that year, winning easily and narrowly over Putnam. winner the general election over Andrew Gillum, the former Democratic star.

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

DeSantis is currently in the midst of a re-election campaign against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, while also battling for Republican candidates across the country – a sign of his growing influence within the party.

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

According to the newspaper’s report, the former president tracked appearances made by DeSantis, while monitoring the governor’s poll numbers.

Trump also made the decision to inform several donors who also contributed to DeSantis to cease their support for the governor, telling them that the Florida Republican could be a potential 2024 rival, according to a person connected to the world of donors who spoke with The Post.

DeSantis received financial backing from billionaire Citadel founder Ken Griffin, who has publicly stated that he wouldn’t back down a Trump presidential campaign in 2024 and called the former president’s tenure in the White House “unnecessary divisiveness.”

Despite the behind-the-scenes transitions, Trump and DeSantis remain in similar social circles and even met at a wedding at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort, according to the report.

Insider has reached out to reps for Trump and DeSantis for comment.

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