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Former President Donald Trump once again called Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “disloyal” on Wednesday, just hours before the one-time Trump protégé formally entered the 2024 GOP presidential primary—as Trump has shifted from praising DeSantis during his 2018 rise to power in Florida to attacking him as his national prominence has grown.


December 2017Trump endorsed then-Congressman DeSantis in the 2018 race for Florida governor, calling him a “brilliant young leader” and a “true FIGHTER” in a tweet that also noted DeSantis’ Ivy League accolades.

August 2018Trump cheered DeSantis’ decisive GOP gubernatorial primary victory over then-Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, calling it a “fantastic win” and predicting DeSantis will make a “fantastic governor,” he tweeted.

November 2018Trump congratulated DeSantis after he was elected governor of Florida in a tight race against Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum, lauding him for showing “great courage in

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