Trump shows himself "honored" about supporting DeSantis

Former US President Donald Trump said he was “honored” to support Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race. It is now time “for all Republicans to rally behind President Trump” in order to defeat incumbent Joe Biden in the presidential election in November and end his “catastrophic presidency,” the right-wing populist’s campaign team said on Sunday.

At the same time, the campaign team renewed its attacks against Trump’s main rival, Nikki Haley, who remained in the race. The former US ambassador to the United Nations is “the candidate of the globalists and Democrats.” The former governor of the state of South Carolina wants higher taxes, cuts in social security systems and an opening of the US borders, said a statement from Trump’s campaign team.

DeSantis threw in the towel and expressed his support for Trump on Sunday, two days before the presidential primaries in the state of New Hampshire. The right-wing hardliner said he sees “no clear path to victory” as justification. The race for the Republican presidential nomination is becoming a duel between Trump and Haley, in which the ex-president is the clear favorite.

DeSantis had long been considered Trump’s most dangerous party rival. But the 45-year-old governor’s election campaign never really got going. In the primary election opener in the state of Iowa last Monday, DeSantis came in second place, but with a huge gap of 30 percentage points to Trump.