“He says DeSantis has no private charisma and has a uninteresting character,” one unnamed source told Axios.
Whereas a number of potential 2024 Republican candidates have publicly stated they gained’t search the nomination if Trump runs for a 3rd time, DeSantis isn’t one in every of them.
“I’m wondering why the man gained’t say he gained’t run towards me,” Trump has reportedly stated to associates, according to the New York Times.
That lack of deference appears to have led to Trump’s attack on “gutless” politicians last week that many imagine was a thinly veiled assault on DeSantis.
That second got here throughout an interview with far-right One America Information by which the previous president stated he acquired a booster shot for the coronavirus and referred to as out GOP pols who’ve additionally gotten the shot however gained’t admit it,
“They don’t need to say it as a result of they’re gutless,” Trump stated. “You bought to say it — whether or not you had it or not, say it.”
DeSantis is amongst those that’ve ducked the query.
The Instances stated Trump is particularly sad as he believes his early endorsement helped DeSantis win the governorship in 2018, and that DeSantis “didn’t have an opportunity” within the race with out the assistance of the then-president.
Trump allies have warned DeSantis to not take a look at the previous president.
Roger Stone stated final 12 months that he could spoil DeSantis’ reelection bid this 12 months by operating towards him as a Libertarian candidate … however will again off if DeSantis pledges to not run towards Trump in 2024.
Trump himself has publicly stated he’s not anxious.
“If I confronted him, I’d beat him like I might beat everybody else,” he told Yahoo News last year, including that he didn’t count on DeSantis to run ultimately: “I feel most individuals would drop out, I feel he would drop out.”
DeSantis has not stated if he intends to run for president.