During his campaign in Iowa, Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis directed his attention towards former President Donald Trump, sparking a fiery exchange between the two contenders.
In an interview, DeSantis was questioned about his approach to campaigning against Trump, considering his previous reluctance to engage in direct confrontation with the former president. DeSantis responded by stating that he would respond to attacks and criticisms, highlighting Trump’s recent statements regarding Florida’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
DeSantis pointed out that just six months ago, Trump praised Florida’s COVID-19 response, but now he was making contradictory remarks, even suggesting that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had done a better job. DeSantis found this sudden change in perspective perplexing, especially since Trump himself had relocated his family to Florida during DeSantis’ tenure as governor.
Expressing his disagreement with Trump’s criticisms, DeSantis called them “ridiculous” and accused the former president of advocating for strict lockdown measures similar to those implemented in early 2020. DeSantis emphasized that his focus was on holding President Biden accountable rather than engaging in unnecessary disputes with Trump.
In response to Trump’s decision to move from New York to Florida, the former president took to Twitter to explain his choice, expressing his love for New York while acknowledging mistreatment by its political leaders. Trump reaffirmed his commitment to making America great again from the White House but highlighted the burdensome taxes and treatment he faced in New York.
Despite the challenges he faced, Trump expressed his enduring affection for New York and its residents. He reiterated his unwavering support for the state and its citizens, assuring them that he held a special place in his heart for New York.
The clash between DeSantis and Trump showcased their differing perspectives on various issues, including COVID-19 response and residency choices, underscoring the intensifying competition between the two candidates as they vied for the presidential nomination.