Trump: DeSantis would make a 'great' governor of Florida
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE praised Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisDemocrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Florida gov expected to sign bill within days requiring felons to pay court fees before voting: report Poll: Trump and Biden statistically tied in Florida 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