Apr 28, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Trump and DeSantis privately meet after bruising primary fight

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Trump and DeSantis in 2020. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Former President Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis met Sunday morning in Miami, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

Why it matters: DeSantis is a prodigious fundraiser. Trump badly needs the cash in the general election against President Biden.

  • The Washington Post was first to report on the meeting.
  • DeSantis endorsed Trump in January after exiting the GOP primaries.

But just a few days later, DeSantis offered a string of criticisms of the former president, including:

  • Hammered Trump's handling of COVID.
  • Said he'd spoken to many Iowa conservatives who couldn't bring themselves to vote again for Trump.
  • Said the media had propped up the "juggernaut" Trump in the primary and would flip on him.

Neither side immediately commented on the news.

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