Gov. Ron DeSantis dismisses rumors of tensions with Trump after booster shot criticism: ‘I think this is what the media does’

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Gov. Ron DeSantis dismissed reports of tensions with former President Donald Trump in a live interview with the popular Ruthless podcast taped in St. Petersburg, Florida on Friday.

One of the show’s hosts told DeSantis, who’s widely viewed as a likely 2024 presidential contender, that the media is “trying to drive a wedge between you and one of your constituents here in Florida, former President Trump.”

“Is there any sort of animosity? What’s that relationship like?…I want to know what that dynamic is like,” he asked the governor.

“I think this is what the media does,” DeSantis replied. “You cannot fall for the bait..you know what they’re trying to do, so just don’t take it. Just keep on keeping on. We need everybody united for a big red wave in 2022. We’ve gotta fight the left, and not only fight, but beat the left. And that’s what we’re doing in Florida.”

Trump, who’s recently stepped up his advocacy for COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, called out “gutless” unnamed politicians for refusing to reveal their booster status in an interview with conservative network One America News this week.

“Many politicians — I watched a couple of politicians be interviewed, and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get the booster?’ because they had the vaccine. And they’re all answering it like — in other words, the answer is yes, but they don’t want to say it because they’re gutless,” Trump told OAN’s Dan Ball.

“You gotta say it. Whether you had it or not, say it,” Trump added.

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