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Trump, DeSantis meet privately for several hours in Miami

Former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis met privately in Miami, Florida, on Sunday, a Republican with knowledge of the meeting confirmed to Fox News.

Mr. DeSantis agreed to support Mr. Trump during the hours-long meeting, as the potential Republican presidential nominee seeks to close the fundraising gap with President Biden in a 2024 election rematch, people familiar with the matter said. Admitted.

Mr. DeSantis was convincingly re-elected in 2022 before embarking on an unsuccessful bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, but as the general election race heats up, Mr. It has built a formidable network of donors.

News of the meeting was first reported by the Washington Post, which said the meeting between the two rivals was orchestrated by Steve Witkoff, a Florida real estate broker known to both Trump and DeSantis. It was reported that.

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Ron DeSantis on Sunday withdrew from the 2024 Republican race and endorsed former President Trump. (AP photo, file)

This is the first time DeSantis and Trump have met in person, let alone since DeSantis ended his White House bid in January after finishing a disappointing second place behind Trump in the Iowa caucuses. This appears to be the first time.

The former president and his allies spent nearly a year attacking Mr. DeSantis in a race for the Republican nomination that also included other candidates.

Mr. DeSantis and Mr. Trump did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News Digital about this matter.

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Then-Donald Trump watches as his wife, Casey DeSantis, introduces Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis during a campaign rally at Hertz Arena on October 31, 2018 in Estero, Florida. The president gives his greetings. (Joe Radle/Getty Images)

Mr. DeSantis suspended his presidential campaign just two days before the New Hampshire primary and has supported Mr. Trump ever since. But so far, Mr. DeSantis has not campaigned on Mr. Trump’s behalf.

In a call with supporters in February, the governor criticized Trump and his top political advisers.

“I think there are people in his inner circle that were in orbit that we fired years ago. I think some of them are just people with an ax to grind,” DeSantis said. he said at the time.

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Former Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump raises his fist as he departs after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC 2024 on February 24, 2024 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. A Cook County judge ordered the Illinois State Board of Elections to: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, removed former President Donald Trump’s name from the state’s March 19 primary ballot, but put the order on hold until Friday to allow for an appeal. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

In response, Trump campaign aide Chris Lacivita called DeSantis a “sad little man.”

While many in the Trump campaign and his broader political circle dislike DeSantis, the former president may be more tolerant if it benefits him.

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With DeSantis’ support, President Trump said in January that he would “officially retire” the derogatory nickname “Ron DeSanctimonious” he had repeatedly used for nearly a year to attack the Florida governor. Announced.

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