Trump: DeSantis would make a 'great' governor of Florida
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President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE praised Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisThe Memo: DeSantis-Biden sniping underscores COVID-19 frustration DeSantis hits back at Biden criticism: 'Why don't you do your job?' America's pandemic of COVID hypocrisy MORE (R-Fla.) on Friday, saying he would make a "great" governor of Florida.

"Congressman Ron DeSantis is a brilliant young leader, Yale and then Harvard Law, who would make a GREAT Governor of Florida. He loves our Country and is a true FIGHTER!" Trump tweeted.

DeSantis, who chairs a national security panel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, appeared on Fox News mid-flight on Air Force One as Trump flew to Palm Beach, Fla., for the holiday weekend.

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DeSantis has not formally entered the Florida gubernatorial race, though he is expected to announce a 2018 bid to succeed Gov. Rick Scott (R), who is term limited.

DeSantis was a vocal ally for Trump during his 2016 presidential run and has been visible with Trump this year, most recently appearing with him at a rally earlier this month in Pensacola, Fla. 

– Jordan Fabian contributed