DeSantis’s show of force in Trump’s backyard was part of his increasingly open encroachments into the former president’s longtime support base and ideological turf. I think DeSantis would be great.”Deason said he plans to host DeSantis in Texas next week and turned down the chance to join Trump’s Mar-a-Lago fundraiser Thursday. One panel on the agenda looks at how Republican states can take on the federal government when they disagree, while another examines what states can do about security at the U.S.-Mexico border. Outside Florida, DeSantis has also sought to establish a presence on terrain that was favorable to Trump in the past, while Trump has tried to hold his ground. He added that the people who attended the event would be happy to vote for DeSantis or Trump.