DeSantis Says He Regrets Not Opposing Trump Administration’s Lockdown Calls—As Tensions Grow With Ex-President

One of the biggest regrets in office was not speaking louder against the Trump administration's calls for a school-based emergency response during the early days of the swine flu outbreak, according to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

President Donald Trump watches as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks in Sunrise, Florida. The photo was taken by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images.

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The Trump Administration panicked as Covid-19 quickly spread around the U.S. in March of 2020, according to the conservative host.

There are reports of tension between Trump and DeSantis, who was one of Trump's most vocal and powerful supporters during his presidency, over the latter's decision to run for president in 2024.

In an interview that aired Tuesday, Trump said that politicians who don't reveal whether they've received a Covid vaccine booster shot aregutless.

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If he was opposed to lockdowns in the early days of the Pandemic, that view was not reflected in his actions. Many other governors did the same thing in March 2020. Travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana were required to self-isolated for two weeks after entering the state because of Florida's restrictions. Police were ordered to set up checkpoint on interstates to watch travelers coming into Florida. Travelers from the New York area were not allowed to travel until August 2020.

The key background.

The initial tough measures did not last long. Florida lifted capacity restrictions for restaurants and bars far earlier than any other large state in September of 2020. The rise in name recognition and popularity of Republican voters was due to the fact that the party's Trump-supporting base became increasingly opposed to Covid restrictions. Early polling shows that if Trump doesn't run, Ron DeSantis is a strong contender to become the GOP nominee. If Trump enters the race, a December poll showed DeSantis running a distant second. The poll found Trump with a high percentage of support among potential GOP primary voters.

This year, DeSantis is running for reelection. He's likely to face either of the Democrats in the general election.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn't want to say if he'll get a covid vaccine booster.

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