DeSantis says he regrets not speaking out ‘much louder’ against Trump’s recommendation to stay home

Originally Published: 14 JAN 22 16:17 ET Update: 15 JAN 22 06:14 ET By Steve Contorno, CNN

(CNN) – Florida government Ron DeSantis said one of his biggest regrets in office was not speaking louder in March 2020, when the former President Donald Trump National recommendation to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus.

DeSantis, a close Trump ally, said he was involved in the White House’s pandemic response and offered advice to the President. But he was surprised when Trump made the decision that shut down much of the US economy.

“I never thought that in February, early March, (coronavirus) would lead to a shutdown of the country,” the Republican governor told the hosts of the conservative podcast “Ruthless” in an episode that was broadcast. Recorded on Thursday. “I just don’t. I don’t think that’s on the radar. “

DeSantis blamed “people like Dr Anthony Fauci” for advising Trump to consider shutting down. Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, is part of the coronavirus response team led by Vice President Mike Pence and includes other public health experts. But the decision was Trump’s, and DeSantis ultimately followed the lead of the White House, closing Florida schools, government buildings, gyms, bars and restaurant dining halls and advising Floridians at home.

A few days before the appearance of the DeSantis podcast, Trump seems to call out governor in an interview published Tuesday night. Trump described politicians who would not say if they received a booster shot of the coronavirus as “unprofitable”. The quote was seen as a thin slap for DeSantis, who declined to share his vaccination status in a December interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

“I watched a few politicians being interviewed and one of the questions was, ‘Are you getting a boost?’ Because they had the vaccine and they answered like – in other words, the answer is ‘yes’ but they don’t want to say because they don’t have guts,” Trump told OAN.

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