Trump’s Warning to GOP Competitors

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( – Former President Donald Trump has warned his potential competitors for the 2024 presidential nomination of the Republican Party – such as Ron DeSantis, Mike Pompeo, Nikki Haley, and Glenn Youngkin – saying they don’t stand a chance.

Trump is the only candidate to announce his 2024 White House bid, which he did a week after the midterm elections in November.

In a lengthy interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, he accused his potential rivals of disloyalty and ungratefulness.

“I’ve helped all those people. I took Mike [Pompeo] out of nothing. I believe he always said he’d never run against the president. And you know, time goes by, and then they want to run, because they’re ambitious people,” Trump said.

“But you know, they’re polling very poorly,” added the 45th President of the United States, as cited by Newsmax.

Trump insisted that Florida’s popular GOP Governor, Ron DeSantis, would have been “dead in the water” if it wasn’t for the then-US president’s endorsement in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

“Ron DeSantis got elected because of me. You remember he had nothing. He was dead. He was leaving the race. He came over, and he begged me, begged me for an endorsement,” POTUS 45 said.

“He was getting ready to drop out. I gave him an endorsement, and as soon as I gave that endorsement, in fact, I said, ‘You’re going to have a hard time.’… [Democrat candidate Adam Putnam] was up in the poll massively by, you know, tremendous, but not catchable, not even catchable,” Trump recalled.

“[DeSantis] said, ‘If you endorse me, I’ll win.’ And there were tears coming down from his eyes… He was supporting me on the impeachment hoax No. 1, and a little bit on the impeachment hoax No. 2. And I said I don’t know Adam Putnam, so we’ll do it,” the former president said.

He also recalled how he endorsed Glenn Youngkin for Governor of Virginia.

“I did a lot for him, and he got elected because of me, just like Ron DeSantis. He was really nice to me, gracious to me in writing. He wrote me the most beautiful letter you’ve ever seen thanking me and everything else. But then, they decided — because his campaign manager is a smart guy, Jeff Roe, said he did it without Trump. He did it without Trump. He did it with me, and I didn’t like that,” POTUS 45 recounted.

Trump also commented on Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and his Ambassador to the United Nations in 2017-2018.

In 2021, Haley declared she wouldn’t run for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination if Trump chose to do so. However, her latest comments have led to expectations that she may announce her candidacy in the coming weeks.

“[Nikki Haley is a very] ambitious person and just couldn’t stay in her seat… [but] I’m way ahead in the polls,” Trump stated.

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