• DeSantis said his rift with Trump is a story made up by the media
  • DeSantis said Trump wants to see Republicans do well
  • It is unclear whether DeSantis plans to run for the presidency in 2024

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, on Monday debunked reports about an alleged rift between him and former President Donald Trump, arguing that he had the Republican’s full support.

During an interview with Fox News Digital in Tallahassee, the Florida governor said he and Trump are on good terms and insisted that the “rift” is a story made up by the media.

"He wants to see Republicans doing well," DeSantis said. "And I think when media is trying to act like he's upset at me for doing well, I think that's total bunk.”

“I think he's somebody that wants to see, you know, not just Republicans do well, but people that are actually going to stand and fight do well across the board.”

DeSantis also commented on the growing friction between Trump and his former Vice President Mike Pence. In recent days, the former president has been vocal about his criticisms of Pence for refusing to change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and overturning Joe Biden’s win. Pence later slammed Trump for being "wrong."

When asked who he sided with, DeSantis refused to pick a side and said he would rather have Trump and Pence “hash it out” by themselves.

"My view is we are very proud of what we did in Florida in 2020 to ensure a very efficient and effective election," the GOP governor added.

DeSantis’ recent interview comes less than a month after Axios reporter Jonathan Swan said Trump criticized the Florida Republican multiple times behind closed doors, slamming him for being ungrateful and claiming the governor had a “dull personality.”

Swan also claimed that sources with knowledge of the conversations said Trump frequently made it a point to say that he was not worried about potentially having to face off against DeSantis for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.

Both Trump and DeSantis have yet to announce their plans to make a bid for the presidency in 2024. However, both Republicans have been the top choices as the GOP presidential candidate in several polls.

It is unclear when DeSantis would announce his plans for 2024. Trump, on the other hand, is expected to make an official announcement after the 2022 midterm elections.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a staunch Republican, signed a law banning transgender women and girls from competing in girls and women's sports at public schools
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new bill that will fine businesses and hospitals that require COVID-19 vaccination from employees. AFP / MANDEL NGAN