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Donald Trump Warns Ron DeSantis Against 2024 Presidential Bid

Donald Trump has warned Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis against running for president in 2024, saying doing so would harm the Republican Party. Both men are likely rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Mr DeSantis won a landslide victory in Tuesday’s midterms, underlining his popularity and further fuelling speculation he will launch a bid.

Mr Trump is also tipped to announce a presidential run in the coming days.

He told US network Fox News that the Florida governor should stay out of the race.

He said, “I don’t know if he is running. I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I really believe he could hurt himself badly,”I don’t think it would be good for the party.”

Mr DeSantis is considered by many to be the most likely candidate to supplant Mr Trump as the Republican candidate to run for president in 2024.

Mr Trump’s comments came just hours before Tuesday’s midterm elections to decide control of Congress.

Over the weekend,He  branded the rising Republican star “Ron DeSanctimonious” at a rally.

If Mr DeSantis were to announce a presidential bid, Mr Trump said he would reveal “things about him that won’t be very flattering – I know more about him than anybody – other than, perhaps, his wife”.

Mr Trump has previously made threats to release damaging information about rivals.

He also threatened to release unflattering information about the 44-year-old, without providing details.

He later described his potential opponent as “a fine guy” and denied there was a dispute between them. “There’s not a tiff with me, and I’m way up in the polls,” he said.

Mr DeSantis is a relative newcomer to politics but rose to national prominence after becoming Florida governor in 2019. 

Meanwhile,Mr Trump, dropped a comment on Monday that he would make a “very big” announcement on 15 November.

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