Donald Trump has warned Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis against challenging him for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
The former president also called for new leadership for the US Senate Republican Party to replace Mitch McConnell as he lays the groundwork for his bid for a second term in the White House.
Though DeSantis has not declared his intention to run for the presidency, he is considered Trump’s main competitor for the top of the Republican ticket, and tensions have risen in recent months.
“I don’t know if he’s running. I think if he runs he could hurt himself very badly. I really think he could get seriously injured,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News published Tuesday. “I think he would make a mistake, I think the base wouldn’t like it – I don’t think it would be good for the party,” he added.
“If he ran away, I’ll tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering. I know more about him than anyone except maybe his wife, who is actually campaigning for him,” Trump said.
Trump has said he will make a major announcement from Mar-a-Lago next week, suggesting he is likely to launch his 2024 campaign shortly after the midterm elections.
Despite supporting Kevin McCarthy’s candidacy as speaker in the House, Trump fired a warning shot at Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, calling him a “lousy” leader. “People are very mad at Mitch McConnell – I’ll tell you who’s mad at him – the public,” Trump said.
Trump has continued to influence the Republican Party even after investigating his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and criminal investigation into his handling of classified documents after leaving the White House. He also continued to falsely insist that the 2020 election had been rigged. It was a stolen election and they shouldn’t let it happen again,” he said.
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