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Trump thanks DeSantis for support, calls him ‘gracious’

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Former President Donald J. Trump on Sunday thanked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for supporting him after he suspended his campaign, calling Mr. DeSantis — once a high-profile rival whom Mr. Trump spent much time disparaging in his speeches – from “amiable”.

Speaking to a packed audience at a historic theater in Rochester, New Hampshire, Mr. Trump called Mr. DeSantis’s wife, Casey, “a truly wonderful person.” And he said Mr. DeSantis “ran a very good campaign.”

“I’ll tell you, it’s not easy,” Mr. Trump said. “They think it’s easy to deal with this kind of thing, don’t they?” It is not easy.”

He continued: “But as you know, he left the campaign trail today at 3 p.m.,” adding: “And in doing so he was very gracious and supportive of me, so I appreciate that. “

For months, Mr. Trump made the attack on Mr. DeSantis a central point of his campaign speeches, particularly in Iowa. He criticized Mr. DeSantis as disloyal, called him a bad governor and suggested he was a political opportunist whose positions had changed as he ran for president.

But after Mr. Trump’s dominant victory in the Iowa caucuses, in which Mr. DeSantis finished a distant second, Mr. Trump turned to Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who is his most close contender in the New Hampshire primary election. .

In his speeches over the past week, Mr. Trump has mostly addressed Mr. DeSantis with offhand asides suggesting he is not worth the effort.

“You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned the name Ron DeSanctimonious yet,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in Manchester on Saturday, using a mocking nickname he gave the Florida governor last year. “I think he’s gone.”

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Sunday was perhaps the first day in months that Mr. Trump did not use that nickname. Earlier in the day, he told supporters at his campaign headquarters in Manchester that he would stop using the nickname after Mr. DeSantis leaves the race.

“Am I going to use the name Ron DeSanctimonious? » said Mr. Trump. “I said this name is officially retired.”