During a leisurely game at the LIV Golf Washington DC 2023 Pro-Am, held at Trump National Golf Club Washington DC in Sterling, Virginia, former president Donald Trump was approached by journalist Kyle Mazza from UNF News.
Mazza posed a series of questions about Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign, to which Trump responded candidly, displaying his lack of enthusiasm towards the new challenger.
“If you were on a debate stage with Ron DeSantis, what would you say to him? What would be your interaction with him?” Mazza asked.
“I watched him with Charlie Crist and he got very badly beaten by Charlie Crist. Adam Putnam beat him. They say he’s not a very good debater, but maybe he is. We’ll find out. Maybe we’ll find out. Because unless he gets close, why would anybody debate?” Trump responded. Suggesting the potential of abstaining from participating in presidential debates, Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of making the decision himself. Trump has previously expressed frustration over not being consulted regarding the scheduling, locations, and moderators of the Republican primary debates.
Turning to more general matters, Mazza then asked “Are you angry, Mr. President, that Ron DeSantis entered the race?”
“No, I think he’s a very disloyal person—because he was dead,” Trump said. “He was looking for jobs, and I endorsed him, and he went up many points. He was thirty points down at least, maybe more than that. He was dead. So I think he’s very disloyal, but I don’t care. Look, a poll just came out in Iowa… I’m leading by 30 or 40 points. I don’t mind that at all. I think he’s very disloyal, but he has no personality. If you’ve got no personality in politics, it’s a very hard business.”