Trump conjures up a phony dispute with Ron DeSantis over China tariffs
Donald Trump recently announced that he and Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis disagreed over China tariffs. Claiming that DeSantis wanted to open up trade talks with China. Trump said “He’s [DeSantis] been asking me about it for two months, he’s been calling me and asking me about it and he wants to start negotiations with China today, I said, 'No, you can't do that.'” In response to this, DeSantis issued a statement saying “I have never requested to begin negotiations with China on tariffs or any other trade issue.” The comical dispute resulted in a fake feud between the two politicians, with neither confirming a situation occurring and both denying knowledge of the other’s statements. The controversy was mostly played up for laughs and media attention, with many noting it’s highly unlikely that such a conversation ever took place.