Ron DeSantis Raises Questions Over Trump Teleprompter Use

Ron DeSantis has launched a scathing assault on Donald Trump, accusing the previous president of criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within the aftermath of the October 7 Hamas assault on Israel. DeSantis added that the “actual Donald Trump” is revealed when he isn’t talking from a teleprompter.

The Florida governor, whom polling signifies is Trump’s closest rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, made the remarks on Friday throughout a marketing campaign cease in New Hampshire.

It got here after Trump mentioned on Wednesday he would “always remember” that Netanyahu “allow us to down” by making an attempt to take credit score for the 2020 assassination of Qasem Soleimani, who led the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Power. The previous president additionally described Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a key Hamas ally, as very sensible and referred to as Israeli Protection Minister Yoav Gallant a “jerk.”

On Friday, Trump partially rowed again from these feedback in a submit on his Fact Social web site, the place he wrote: “#IStandWithIsrael #IStandWithBibi.” Netanyahu is often recognized in Israel by the nickname ‘Bibi.’

Addressing journalists, DeSantis mentioned that Trump made the unique remarks as a result of Netanyahu congratulated Joe Biden on his 2020 election victory, which the previous president nonetheless falsely says was rigged towards him. Such claims of electoral fraud have been repeatedly rejected in court docket and by unbiased election consultants. Footage of DeSantis’s remarks was shared on X, previously Twitter, by the ‘DeSantis Conflict Room’ account.

The governor mentioned: “I feel we’ve the Donald Trump on the teleprompter the place he is studying what’s on there, then you have got the Donald Trump when he will get off that teleprompter, and that is the actual Donald Trump when he began talking about these issues.

“He attacked Bibi after the nation suffered the worst assault it is had in its fashionable historical past, after they’ve simply created a battle authorities, they’re getting ready to do a floor invasion in Gaza,” DeSantis added. “And he did that as a result of Bibi congratulated Biden in November. That is why he did it. He hates Netanyahu due to that. That is about him. That is not in regards to the higher good of what Israel’s making an attempt to do or American safety.

“I might say do away with your teleprompter. Do not use that as a crutch. Go to debates. Present up and debate for 2 hours, after which we’ll be capable of see the place he is actually coming from,” DeSantis mentioned. “So, we have seen over the course each interview, each time he is gotten off the teleprompter for, like, the final two months, they’ve needed to clear issues up for what he is saying.”

Donald Trump speaks on the Palm Seashore County Conference Middle on October 11, 2023 in West Palm Seashore, Florida. Ron DeSantis mentioned that the “actual Donald Trump” is revealed when he isn’t utilizing a teleprompter, after the previous president criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Trump refused to take part within the first two GOP presidential debates, organized by the Republican Nationwide Committee, which came about on August 23 and September 27 respectively.

DeSantis mentioned: “It is a completely different Donald Trump. In 2016, he was freewheeling, he is on the market barnstorming the nation, doing all this. Now, it is only a completely different man, and it is unhappy to see.”

Newsweek has reached out to Trump for remark utilizing the press contact kind on his official web site.

Trump was additionally criticized over his remarks about Netanyahu by Mike Pence, his former vice-president and present rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Pence mentioned: “It is reckless and irresponsible for former President Trump, or any American chief, to ship any message, apart from full and unconditional assist to Israel. And taking this second to criticize the Prime Minister of Israel is simply, it is reckless and irresponsible.”

Round 1,300 Israelis, predominantly civilians, have been killed within the huge Hamas shock assault on October 7, with dozens extra being dragged off into captivity. Israel has vowed to crush Hamas in response, with an air and artillery bombardment killing greater than 1,900 individuals in Gaza, in accordance with native authorities. Some 360,000 Israeli reservists have been referred to as up, with a floor assault into Gaza believed to be imminent.