Politics Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he should have spoken out 'much louder' about Trump's stay-at-home order when COVID-19 first emerged
Trump has been talking trash about Ron DeSantis in private, saying the Florida gov. has a 'dull personality' and is ungrateful: report
Sources said Trump made a point of saying he isn't worried that DeSantis will run for president in 2024.According to sources who spoke to Axios' Jonathan Swan, Trump has criticized DeSantis multiple times in private.
- Gov. Ron DeSantis said he didn't consider lockdowns a possibility when COVID-19 first emerged.
- In a , DeSantis declined to answer whether he's received a COVID-19 booster.
- During the presidency of Donald Trump, DeSantis served as one of his closest allies.
On Thursday, Ron DeSantis said on conservative podcastthat if he could change one decision he's made as governor of Florida, he would have been "much louder" in his opposition to the stay-at-home order issued by former President Donald Trump when the coronavirus first emerged.
Trump Spent Weekend Stewing That ‘Wiseguy’ DeSantis Won’t Kiss His Ring
Former President Donald Trump spent the long MLK Day weekend in reflection but not on anything related to the civil rights icon. Instead, he was fixated on one burning question, according to two people familiar with the matter: “Is he being a wiseguy?” The “wiseguy” was none other than Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a fellow Sunshine State resident and Republican Party star who just last week had gently dinged part of Trump’s record as president.
"I never thought in February, early March that [COVID-19] would lead to locking down the country,". "I just didn't. I didn't think that was on the radar."
Video: Florida Pulse: How much of session will be tied to re-electing DeSantis? (Tallahassee Democrat)
DeSantis' interview follows reports fromearlier in the week that Trump has been telling his aides that "he isn't getting the deference" from the Florida governor, one of his closest allies throughout his presidency, that he wants heading into the 2024 election.
While Trump has been increasingly vocal in hisin recent months, DeSantis balked at telling whether he has received a booster during a December interview.
"So I've done whatever I did. The normal shot, and that at the end of the day is people's individual decisions about what they want to do,".
GOP banking on Ron Johnson run in crucial Senate race .
Republicans are growing bullish that Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson will launch his reelection campaign in 2022, setting the stage for a bruising race that could determine control of the Senate and whether former President Donald Trump will continue to have one of his staunchest allies in the chamber. © Samuel Corum/Getty Images Sen. Ron Johnson answers questions from reporters in February 2021 in Washington, DC. Johnson has been in no rush to publicly announce his decision, often saying that Senate campaigns are far too long and pointing out that he waited until May 2010 to announce his first bid for an election later that fall.