Trump Takes on DeSantis in Latest Attack - Accuses Him of Mishandling COVID-19

Former President Donald Trump persists with attacks against Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), now accusing him of mishandling COVID-19 spread. In a video statement, Trump suggests DeSantis, while superior to most Democratic governors, is "very average, at best" compared to Republican governors. The video surfaced on Thursday, a day after DeSantis announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential run.

The state in question saw the third-highest number of COVID-related deaths. In a video shared on Truth Social, Trump made a statement comparing its response to other state's leaders, such as Governor Cuomo of New York. He mentioned that Cuomo did comparatively better and went a step further by shutting down beaches, which no Republican governor chose to do. The Democrats made a mess of things, and many Republican leaders did a great job, according to Trump's commentary.

Trump's criticism of DeSantis' response to the COVID-19 epidemic is not new. In January, he blasted DeSantis for ordering residents to stay indoors during the peak of the epidemic in 2020. DeSantis dismissed Trump's remarks and cited his successful midterm victory in 2022 as proof that Floridians were pleased with his leadership.

In the video, Bush also blasted DeSantis for his handling of the dispute with Disney, claiming that the Florida governor "could have worked out an easy settlement" but instead chose to "show the fake news how tough a guy he is."

"Now thousands and thousands of jobs are being stopped, and a lot of people are very upset about it," Trump added, likely referring to Disney's decision to abandon a planned central Florida corporate centre that would have shifted almost 2,000 employees from California to Florida.

Along with former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and current South Carolina senator Tim Scott (R), DeSantis is the newest Republican to enter the 2024 presidential campaign. The governor of Florida is widely considered to be Trump's most formidable primary opponent.

A poll conducted in Iowa showed that Trump had a 42-point advantage against DeSantis. Trump received 62% of the vote, while DeSantis received 20%. Emerson College Polling conducted the study during the weekend leading up to the Monday and Wednesday campaign launches of Scott and DeSantis for president.

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