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( – On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) presidential campaign responded to former President Donald Trump’s claims that DeSantis was considering dropping out of the presidential race. Bryan Griffin, DeSantis’s press secretary, took to X, formerly called Twitter, to state that Trump’s claims were “fake news. He proceeded to argue that Trump and his consultants were simply worried following the first Republican presidential primary, which allowed DeSantis to gain a lot of momentum.

Griffing further argued that the Trump campaign was aware that the primary race was a “two-man race” and promised that DeSantis would be able to deliver a win in the GOP primary. As he stated, rather than “pushing fake news,” the Trump campaign should instead be focusing their attention on getting the former President on the debate stage and the campaign trail in Iowa. Trump had chosen not to attend the first 2024 Republican primary debate.

On Monday morning, Trump took to Truth Social, where he once again targeted DeSantis and his declining poll numbers, stating that he had heard a rumor that DeSantis would be exiting the presidential race and would instead run for the Florida Senate against Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.). He also stated that DeSantis’ presidential campaign was “in shambles” and that there were polls in several places that showed him to be in third or fourth place.

A Trump campaign spokesperson, in response to the remarks by the DeSantis campaign, argued that the Florida governor’s team was aware that they were “on the last legs of their failed campaign.”

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