Trump meets with DeSantis in Miami, reportedly to ‘bury the hatchet’

Former President Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) met privately in Florida on Sunday in a meeting that was brokered to reportedly “bury the hatchet” after a messy Republican primary.

The Washington Post, which cited “people familiar with the matter,” reports that the surprise meeting “was orchestrated by Steve Witkoff, a Florida real estate investor and developer both men know, and he attended.” Sources say Witkoff called the Trump campaign and asked for him to meet with DeSantis. The meeting took place in Miami and was said to be “friendly.”

More from the Post:

Allies brokered the meeting in hopes of a potential détente between the two men, and Trump’s advisers hope DeSantis will tap his donor network to help raise significant sums of money for the general election, the people familiar with the matter said. Like others interviewed for this story, the people spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private deliberations.

The pair met for several hours and DeSantis agreed to help Trump.

 

Trump went after DeSantis even before the governor declared his run for president, dubbing him “Ron DeSanctimonious.” The former president accused DeSantis of being disloyal for running because Trump endorsed him during his 2018 run for governor. In 2022, Trump took shots at DeSantis just days before voters went to the polls to reelect him in a landslide.

The two men had reportedly not spoken since DeSantis dropped out of the GOP primary after coming up short in Iowa, where he had spent much of his time. The governor did endorse Trump on exiting.

“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” DeSantis said in a video message. “They watched his presidency get stymied by relentless resistance, and they see Democrats using lawfare to this day to attack him.”

Team Trump continued to launch petty attacks on DeSantis, alienating many of his supporters — the Post reported that Gov. DeSantis “is widely loathed inside Trump’s orbit.” DeSantis went back to work in the state of Florida after the primary, stacking up even more legislative wins.

Détente with Trump could prove to be beneficial for DeSantis’s future political aspirations, as he is seen as a top choice for Republicans in 2028.

Sunday’s meeting prompted plenty of talk online about the possibility of Trump tapping DeSantis as his vice presidential nominee, though it’s unlikely.

Here’s a quick sampling of responses on that topic, as seen on the social media platform X:

 

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