In the image obtained ABC NewsRepublican Rep. Matt Gates DeSantis, who was a congressman at the time, asked in preparation for the debate, “Are there any issues on which you disagree with President Trump?”
In response, Mr. DeSantis sighed and said, “We have to figure out what to do with this.”
“Obviously because I voted against him in Congress,” he said.
“It has to be framed so as not to offend all his voters.”
Mr. DeSantis won the Republican primary largely because he supported Mr. Trump all-out, building a mock version of Mr. Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with his young child. He cut an ad for building together.
DeSantis says he will eventually answer the question by saying, “I do what I think is right” and “I stand by it.” [Trump’s] agenda. “
“If we have a disagreement, I will speak to him privately,” DeSantis said.
This clip is part of an internal tape of about two and a half hours of Mr. DeSantis’ debate prep session. The leak came as DeSantis prepared to announce his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
But since then, Gates and fellow Florida Republican Congressman Byron Donalds, along with many other Republicans on the Florida delegation, have endorsed Trump over DeSantis.
The Florida legislature recently ended its term, giving Mr. DeSantis an important policy victory. However, Mr. Trump relentlessly attacked Mr. DeSantis, calling Mr. Ron “DeSantimonious.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/ron-desantis-trump-voters-video-b2334887.html Ron DeSantis shares concerns about ‘offending’ Trump voters in leaked 2018 video