'Really, really bad': DeSantis blasts Trump over harsh Kayleigh McEnany criticism

'Really, really bad': DeSantis blasts Trump over harsh Kayleigh McEnany criticism
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis blasted 2024 GOP rival former President Donald Trump during a Friday interview after the former president criticized his ex-press secretary and current Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany, Newsweek reports.

Per Newsweek, Trump lambasted the conservative commentator after McEnany, earlier this week, highlighted "current poll numbers between Trump and DeSantis saying that the Florida governor was 'closing the gap' in Iowa."

The MAGA 2024 hopeful wrote, "Kayleigh 'Milktoast' McEnany just gave out the wrong poll numbers on FoxNews. I am 34 points up on DeSanctimonious, not 25 up. While 25 is great, it's not 34. She knew the number was corrected upwards by the group that did the poll. The RINOS & Globalists can have her. FoxNews should only use REAL Stars!!!"

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During an appearance on the NH Journal podcast Friday, DeSantis said, "Donald Trump, even his greatest supporters have acknowledged, had a tough time picking good people. He had a lot of terrible personnel decisions, people like Jerome Adams, his Surgeon General...so we know there was a tough record, but Kayleigh was one of the greatest selections. She did a fantastic job."

Aside from the governor's response, GOP lawmaker Rep. James Spillane (R-NH) rescinded his Trump 2024 endorsement following the former president's comments, switching his support to DeSantis.

This comes just weeks after the Sunshine State leader Florida "turned out troves of GOP voters during his trip to Iowa" on the same day Trump was "scheduled to hold a rally in Des Moines, but cancelled due to a storm warning."

In his denouncement of Trump, DeSantis added, McEnany is "a Harvard-trained lawyer, she's an absolute killer, and she ate the press alive, and so for him [Trump] to be attacking her, I thought that was really, really bad."

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Newsweek's full report is available at the link.

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