The dispute between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump, both candidates for the Republican presidential primaries with an eye on the 2024 election, has now expanded to a new scenario: China.
Although both are openly opposed to the regime led by President Xi Jinping, Trump accused DeSantis of being “on the side of the Chinese communists,” in a specific case involving American farmers.
During a rally in the Dakotas on Monday, the former president said the governor of Florida “strongly opposes my protection for our farmers,” after “I protect our farmers, simply very, and, by the way, those farmers They got big checks (for federal grants)
This is not a new controversy, it started in 2018. DeSantis, who is a federal congressman and candidate for governor of Florida, did not agree with the subsidies given to farmers by Trump, when he was president.
The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on more than $300 billion in Chinese goods to fund a relief program for farmers, and the White House has pledged to send $28 billion to provide relief to that industry.
DeSantis objected. “I’m not a fan of agricultural subsidies, to spend billions of dollars on agricultural subsidies, I want to avoid doing this,” he said to the network. fox then.
Now, Trump added to the Dakota that “it’s a simple matter, DeSantis sided with the Chinese communists and fought hard to prevent this from happening.” However, he did not present any evidence.
The former president made the same accusations against DeSantis during a campaign stop in July. For Trump, DeSantis’ statements showed him to be “disloyal” to the interests of the United States.
DeSantis, in his role as governor, signed bills earlier this year to prevent non-resident Chinese citizens from buying land in Florida, calling the Chinese Communist Party “the biggest geopolitical threat to America. ”
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