Trump takes credit for Ron DeSantis’ surge in popularity and doesn’t rule him out as a potential VP


Trump takes credit for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ surge in popularity and doesn’t rule him out as a potential VP if he runs for President in 2024

  • Donald Trump took credit for Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis’ popularity and didn’t rule out adding him to a potential 2024 presidential ticket
  • ‘I get along with’ DeSantis, Trump told Newsmax in a Thursday interview
  • Added: ‘I was very responsible for his success, because I endorsed him and he went up like a rocket ship’
  • Some recent polls have shown that DeSantis is even more popular than Trump 
  • Trump initially endorsed DeSantis in his 2018 bid for governor at a time when he was considered a long shot candidate
  • The two say that they have a good relationship despite private mutterings that Trump has complained about Desantis’ rumored political ambitions 

Donald Trump took credit for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ rising popularity before flaunting him as a potential 2024 running mate – even though the former president hasn’t yet formally announced that he is running.

In a Thursday interview with Newmax’s Wake Up America, Trump said he ‘gets along with’ DeSantis when asked if he has thought about adding him to a potential 2024 presidential ticket.

‘I was very responsible for his success, because I endorsed him and he went up like a rocket ship,’ the former president added.

He then went on an aside with the conservative outlet’s reporter Rob Finnerty about how successful his endorsed candidates have been in the 2022 midterms so far.

Polls have shown that Florida GOP Governor DeSantis is widely popular in his state and among Republican circles. Some polls even show that he is competitive for a Republican primary run against Trump for the presidential ticket.

Donald Trump took credit for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' popularity and didn't rule out adding him to a potential 2024 presidential ticket

Donald Trump took credit for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ popularity and didn’t rule out adding him to a potential 2024 presidential ticket

A University of New Hampshire poll released last week showed DeSantis ahead of Trump in GOP voters’ first choice for a candidate – 39 percent to 37 percent.

In a distant third place is former Vice President Mike Pence with 9 percent support.

This is the first time that DeSantis came out ahead of the former president in the poll. In October of last year, DeSantis only had 18 percent compared to 43 percent who said that Trump was their first choice.

The poll released June 22 also shows that DeSantis is competitive against Trump, with 47 percent of respondents saying they would go for the Florida governor in the matchup compared to 46 percent who said they would vote for the incumbent Democratic president.

Trump has hinted almost immediately since leaving office that he could mount another presidential campaign after losing his reelection bid against Biden in 2020 in what the former president claims was a massive fraud conspiracy. 

DeSantis, however, has emerged as a possible contender for the Republican nomination. 

Trump initially endorsed DeSantis in his 2018 bid for governor at a time when he was considered a long shot candidate. The two say that they have a good relationship despite private mutterings that Trump has complained about Desantis' rumored political ambitions

Trump initially endorsed DeSantis in his 2018 bid for governor at a time when he was considered a long shot candidate. The two say that they have a good relationship despite private mutterings that Trump has complained about Desantis’ rumored political ambitions

The popular Florida lawmaker has said speculation over a run from him in 2024 is just a false narrative – but he also hasn’t ruled out the potential that he could run even if Trump does enter the field.

Reports have emerged that Trump has complained about Desantis’ rumored political ambitions.

Both have repeatedly insisted that they have a good relationship.

Trump initially endorsed DeSantis in his 2018 bid for governor at a time when he was considered a longshot candidate in the primary against former state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam – who was a better known candidate.

But the former president’s endorsement at a time when he was still in the White House and widely popular among his base helped slingshot DeSantis to the Governor’s mansion.

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