The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, stated in an interview that the Fox News channel will broadcast Thursday that, unlike former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), if he came to the White House he would govern "without daily drama."
The governor, who appears behind Trump in voting intention polls ahead of the Republican internal election to decide the presidential candidate in 2024, was questioned about his differences with his former mentor.
DeSantis said that he would have handled the covid-19 pandemic differently and would have "fired" epidemiologist Anthony Fauci, which Trump did not, and also marked differences with the former president in leadership style, according to a preview of the interview. Thursday published by Fox News.
”I think the way to run the government is not a daily drama, but to focus on the big picture and put the points on the table. I think that's a very important thing,” he said.
This statement by the governor of Florida, the state where Trump is domiciled, is in line with what he made this week about the possibility that the former president could be criminally prosecuted and detained for payments allegedly made to a porn actress in 2016 so that not talk about a relationship they would have had.
In a dismissive tone, DeSantis, whom Trump ridicules by calling him “DeSanctimonious,” in prudish English, said that he could not talk about payments to a porn actress, as if to say that he had never been in that situation.
To these comments, Trump counterattacked on his Truth Social network saying that DeSantis "is not working for the people of Florida as he should" because "he is too busy chatting with a television presenter (...) desperately trying to rescue his failed campaign ".
"But it's my fault, I put him there," wrote the former president in reference to his former protégé, whom he described in 2018 as a "conservative warrior" and now could become his direct rival in the Republican primaries.