On Friday (March 24}, former President Donald Trump revealed that an alliance with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a possible primary challenger, was “very unlikely.”
The former President, who has been attacking the Florida Governor — considered a potential rival despite although he hasn’t even announced his entry into the 2024 GOP primary — explained he didn’t think asking DeSantis to be his running mate was a possibility.
In an interview with Newsmax, Trump asserted, “No, I think that would be a very unlikely alliance.”
The former President explained that he hasn’t given thought to DeSantis being his running mate, noting that there are “a lot of great people in the Republican party” while acknowledging, “people every once in a while mention it.”
Since becoming Florida’s Governor in 2018, DeSantis has amassed quite a following within the GOP. His popularity has been boosted by his rejection of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, opposition to teaching critical race theory and gender ideology in schools, and aggressive stance toward media and corporations criticizing his agenda.
DeSantis and Trump have also been named the front runners in hypothetical 2024 GOP primary matchups, with the former President viewing DeSantis as his greatest threat to renomination in 2024
Trump also considers himself the reason DeSantis has any influence in the GOP, touring his endorsement in 2018 as the catapult to DeSantis’s Gubernatorial win and political career.
It’s also that endorsement that fuels Trump’s feelings of betrayal, as DeSantis has neither endorsed Trump’s third attempt at the White House nor denied pursuing his own 2024 ambitions.