DeSantis, Trump’s close ally, said he was involved in the early days of the White House pandemic and offered advice to the president. However, he was surprised when Trump made a decision that led to a halt in much of the US economy.
“In February, early March, I never thought (coronavirus) would lead to the locking of the country,” the Republican governor told the conservative podcast “Ruthless” during an episode recorded on Thursday. “Just don’t. I didn’t think it was on the radar.”
DeSantis accused “people like” Dr. Anthony Fauci for advising Trump to consider decommissioning. Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, was part of a coronavirus response team led by Vice President Mike Pence and included other public health experts. However, the decision was up to Trump, and DeSantis eventually followed the example of the White House and closed Florida schools, government buildings, gyms, bars, and restaurant canteens, and advised the Floridaans to stay at home.
This is not the first time that DeSantis has foreseen for the second time the steps taken by the Trump administration to slow the spread of the virus. In November, DeSantis questioned whether the flight ban from China, the epicenter of the initial epidemic, was effective.
“I was probably the first governor in January 2020 to call for restrictions on travel from China. I supported President Trump when he did,” DeSantis said. “But we have to take a step back and acknowledge that the travel restrictions just didn’t work.”
Trump considers the Chinese travel ban to be one of the points in signing the decision of his pandemic response and has maintained it until the end of his presidency.
DeSantis’s Thursday note follows reports that Trump grumbled privately for his former protégé’s lack of loyalty. In talks with allies previously reported by CNN, Trump expressed displeasure that DeSantis, one of the most talked-about Republican parties, had refused to publicly rule out a presidential candidacy in 2024 if Trump sought another four-year term.
“I watched a conversation with several politicians and one of the questions was, ‘Did you get a booster?’