Trump and DeSantis Bury Hatchet in Private Fundraising Meeting

Former President Donald Trump says he had a “great meeting” with Governor Ron DeSantis over the weekend, indicating that the two former rivals are burying the hatchet after their bitter Republican primary contest.

“I am very happy to have the full and enthusiastic support of Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social page Monday evening. “We had a great meeting yesterday,”

The private meeting reportedly lasted just a few hours and was arranged by real estate investor Steve Witkoff, whom Trump described as a “mutual friend.” His meeting with DeSantis took place at Witkoff’s home in Florida.

“The conversation mostly concerned how we would work closely together to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. Also discussed was the future of Florida, which is FANTASTIC!” Trump said. “I greatly appreciate Ron’s support in taking back our Country from the Worst President in the History of the United States. November 5th is a BIG DAY!!!”

During the meeting, the pair reportedly discussed the general election and Trump’s campaign against President Joe Biden. The two also discussed potential joint fundraising efforts. According to a Newsmax report citing anonymous sources, the two former rivals shook hands before parting ways.

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Before DeSantis suspended his Presidential campaign, media coverage of the primary frequently centered on the intense feud between the two Republican giants. After DeSantis announced in January that he would endorse Trump, the former President said he was “very honored,” but the relationship between the pair remained icy.

Even after the endorsement, the two camps continued to trade barbs. In response to reports early this year that Republican lawmakers in Florida were considering a plan to use state funds to pay Trump’s legal fees, DeSantis had retorted, “But not the Florida Republican who wields the veto pen…”

More recently, however, relations between the two Republican leaders have begun to thaw. In March, DeSantis said it was unlikely that he would campaign for the former President but said he was open to helping him “nationally.” In early April, DeSantis indicated in a private retreat with donors that he would launch a fundraising push for Trump.

According to a report by NBC, “the majority” of the attendees were receptive and open to helping Trump.

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National polls continue to show Trump and Biden as neck-and-neck.

Data released this month, however, showed Biden significantly outpacing Trump in fundraising. In March, the Biden campaign and the DNC raised more than $90 million, for a total of $192 million in cash on hand. Trump, by comparison, raised $66 million in March, for a total of $93 million in cash on hand.

DeSantis could prove a significant asset to the Trump campaign as it seeks to close its fundraising gap.

After suspending his Presidential bid, DeSantis told reporters in January, “While I’ve had disagreements with Donald Trump… [he] is superior to the current incumbent, Joe Biden. That is clear,”

Trump later remarked, “I appreciate that, and I also look forward to working with Ron.”

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