DeSantis plans to raise money for Trump in Florida, Texas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to raise money for it former President Donald Trump In the coming weeks, he will put into action the commitment he made to a Meeting with Trump last month to help his former rival win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, two people familiar with the matter say.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not yet been finalized and plans could change in the coming weeks. Still, DeSantis is making calls to donors as his finance team works quickly to put together a schedule that includes stops in Florida and Texas, the people said.

DeSantis is taking concrete steps toward political reconciliation with Trump For months he mocked his GOP opponent as “DeSanctimonious.” As Florida's governor argued, Trump's time has come and gone. The developments also show that DeSantis is scrambling to make one of his most valuable assets – his prolific fundraising network – available – a gesture that could pay off if he runs for president again in 2028, while Trump wins in November could no longer run for office this year because of constitutional term limits.

“He's shown his commitment to the president, and that's why I say we'll follow his lead, and why I think donors will follow his lead,” said Roy Bailey, a Dallas investor who is co-chairman of the DeSantis' national finance committee was during his presidential campaign but was not among those who confirmed the planning. “We will focus on previous DeSantis donors who have not yet donated to President Trump. We will try to find these donors for him. This will add great value.”

DeSantis' staff did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

What you should know about the 2024 election

DeSantis, looking back his dominant re-election in 2022 A potentially viable Trump rival, he raised more than $183 million to his ultimately unsuccessful Republican presidential campaign. The vast majority, more than $145 million, was raised for the Never Back Down super PAC, which could raise unlimited amounts. DeSantis also raised more than $200 million for his 2022 Florida campaign.

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