Trump dismisses reported feud with DeSantis as ‘totally fake news’ in Hannity interview

There have been multiple media reports in recent weeks insinuating a deepening rift between former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who are both viewed as top contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

But in an interview Thursday, Trump dismissed those reports as nothing more than “totally fake news,” Mediaite reported.

Instead, the former president heaped praise upon the popular Republican governor and insisted that the two of them “get along great” with each other.

“Totally fake news”

The alleged feud reported on by various media outlets came up for discussion during a phone interview Thursday night between Trump and Fox News host Sean Hannity, who noted that one of his friends had recently met with DeSantis and was told that there was no conflict between the two GOP stars.

The former president agreed and went on to praise the former congressman for being a staunch ally on Capitol Hill amid the concerted anti-Trump investigations during the first two years of his presidency.

“The Republicans really stuck together, and it was a great thing, and Ron was one of them, and Ron wanted to run [for governor], and I endorsed him, and that helped him greatly, and he went on, and he’s done a really terrific job in Florida,” Trump explained.

“Ron has been very good. He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. It’s totally fake news,” he added. “I have a very good relationship with Ron and intend to have it for a long time.”

Media tries to divide

Politico reported that the alleged tension between Trump and DeSantis largely boils down to the fact that both men are viewed as frontrunners for the GOP nomination in 2024, which would inevitably lead to a conflict at some point over the next two years.

In furtherance of that narrative, media reports in recent weeks have played up and imparted meaning on comments uttered by either Trump or DeSantis as being aimed at each other, such as a quip from Trump about politicians not publicly revealing if they’d had a booster shot, or remarks from DeSantis about how he should have been more outspoken against the initial pandemic restrictions imposed in early 2020.

The outlet also noted that some of Trump’s allies, such as Roger Stone, have been launching rhetorical attacks against DeSantis, which some in the media interpret as being done on behalf of the former president against a likely future ally.

No conflict… yet

In truth, though, neither Trump nor DeSantis has directly attacked each other, and it increasingly appears as though the alleged feud is nothing more than a media creation intended to prompt in-fighting among the Republican base.

Of course, if both Trump and DeSantis do end up both running for the GOP nomination, then there will eventually have to be a reckoning between the two, but that day has not yet come and media reports egging it on are a bit premature and evidence of wishful thinking on the part of the left.

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