Ron DeSantis has now launched a major new attack against Donald Trump, accusing him of criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.
The “real Donald Trump” is revealed when he is not reading from a teleprompter, according to DeSantis.
The Florida governor, who, according to polling, is Trump’s most formidable rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, made the remarks during a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Friday.
“He attacked Bibi after the country suffered the worst attack it’s had in its modern history, when they’ve just created a war government, they’re preparing to do a ground invasion in Gaza. And he did that because Bibi congratulated Biden in November. That’s why he did it. He hates Netanyahu because of that. That’s about him. That’s not about the greater good of what Israel’s trying to do or American security.” DeSantis said.
“I would say get rid of your teleprompter. Don’t use that as a crutch. Go to debates. Show up and debate for two hours, and then we’ll be able to see where he’s really coming from. So, we’ve seen over the course every interview, every time he’s gotten off the teleprompter for, like, the last two months, they’ve had to clean things up for what he’s saying.” he continued.
The remarks came after Trump said he would “never forget” that Netanyahu “let us down” by attempting to claim credit for the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force, in 2020.
The former president also praised the intelligence of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a key Hamas ally, and criticized Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant as a “jerk.”
Trump made the initial remarks, according to DeSantis, because Netanyahu congratulated Joe Biden on his 2020 election victory, which the former president falsely claims was rigged against him.