- Donald Trump sounded a warning shot at Ron DeSantis during a podcast on Monday.
- Trump said he had heard DeSantis “might want to run” against him.
- “So, we’ll handle that the way I handle things,” Trump said.
On Monday, former President Donald Trump phoned into the conservative podcast “The Water Cooler” and issued a warning to his would-be presidential rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“So, now I hear he might want to run against me. So, we’ll handle that the way I handle things,” Trump said.
Trump also claimed credit — as he has repeatedly done in the past — for DeSantis having clinched the governorship in 2018, saying, “I got him elected, pure and simple.”
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DeSantis has not announced that he will run for president, but he has hinted that he might. During a debate in October, DeSantis did not commit to serving four full years as Florida’s governor. Insider’s Kimberly Leonard also reported in November that DeSantis is releasing his first autobiography, a key indicator that he is looking toward a White House run.
DeSantis has also become a prominent frontrunner to challenge Trump for the Republican presidential ticket. In a YouGov poll of 413 Republicans three days after the 2022 midterms, 42% of the respondents said they would rather have DeSantis as the GOP’s 2024 nominee. Only 35% said they prefer Trump.
In private, Trump also does not appear to be DeSantis’ biggest fan. In January 2022, Axios’ Jonathan Swan reported that Trump was trash-talking the governor behind closed doors, slamming him for his perceived ungratefulness and saying DeSantis has a “dull personality.”
DeSantis, meanwhile, has avoided addressing Trump’s insults and refrained from hitting back. At a November 16 press conference, DeSantis told people to “chill out” about a possible GOP civil war between him and the former president.
Representatives for DeSantis and a spokesman at Trump’s post-presidential office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.