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Many Republicans see Florida Governor Ron DeSantis as a likely candidate for president in 2024. Trump has spoken more about DeSantis than other potential GOP nominees, according to NYT’s Maggie Haberman. The former president thinks “he created” DeSantis, Haberman told CNN. Something is loading.

No other potential GOP nominee for the 2024 election is on former President Donald Trump’s mind than Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, according to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.

“There is no potential candidate in the Republican field that Trump has spoken to his aides more about than Ron DeSantis,” Haberman told CNN in an interview Tuesday about his new book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald. Trump and the Breaking of America.” “It’s a constant discussion.”

CNN also aired a recording of one of three interviews Haberman conducted with Trump for his book. In the clip, Trump takes credit for propelling DeSantis to the governorship of Florida after he endorsed the latter in 2018.

“He came to me, he said, ‘I would like your support,'” Trump said in the recording. “I said, ‘Ron, you’re at 3%. You can’t win.’ He said, ‘If you approve of me, I can.'”

Trump has long claimed victory for DeSantis and even said in a Newsmax interview in June that he was “very responsible” for nominating DeSantis as governor of Florida. In that interview, Trump also said he didn’t know if DeSantis intended to run for the White House, but said he had a “good relationship with Ron.”

However, reports of the duo’s behind-the-scenes relationship tend to differ from Trump’s characterization of the issue.

In September, two sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone that Trump was concerned that DeSantis was drawing attention to a political stunt he carried out, which involved chartering two planes to fly 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard. According to the sources, Trump was irritated that DeSantis got credit for the stunt and complained to aides that the Florida governor had timed the act to boost his profile among the Republican base.

Trump also reacted negatively to the implication that DeSantis could run against him in an attempt to secure the 2024 GOP presidential nomination. In July, the former president hit out at “Fox & Friends” for mentioning a poll that showed DeSantis in front of him, accusing the show’s hosts of going “to the dark side”. In September, Trump took another swipe at DeSantis, sharing an insider post about his lead in the polls over DeSantis.

For his part, DeSantis has not publicly berated Trump. However, the governor of Florida has raised funds for his war chest and launched a campaign to sell a gold “Florida First Fighter” card that resembles the Trump Card.

While DeSantis and Trump appear to be the top contenders for the 2024 Republican presidential ticket, neither has made an official statement about entering the race.

In July, a representative for DeSantis told Insider that DeSantis was “focused on Florida and running for re-election as governor this year.” Meanwhile, Trump’s former senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told CBS News on Friday that Trump “would like” to announce he is running for president again after the midterms and before Thanksgiving.

“I’ll tell you why he wants to run for president,” Conway said. “Donald Trump wants his old job back.”

Representatives for DeSantis and a spokesperson for Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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