Trump: DeSantis would make a 'great' governor of Florida
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE praised Rep. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisDeSantis: It's safe to hug with PPE on Police say man spat on child in restaurant and said 'you now have coronavirus' On The Money: White House warns there's likely no deal with no agreement by Friday | More generous unemployment benefits lead to better jobs: study | 167K workers added to private payrolls in July 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