Trump once liked how DeSantis defended him on TV and could advance his own political interests in Florida. Polls show Trump and DeSantis as the clear early leaders, even as DeSantis has yet to enter the contest. ‘He didn’t really endorse me’The first notable exchange between Trump and DeSantis came during the latter’s 2012 run for Congress. Trump’s top Florida operative from 2016, Susie Wiles, took the helm of DeSantis’s campaign for the final stretch, bringing their worlds closer together. The large crowd at DeSantis’s own event on the same day only further infuriated Trump, according to advisers, and he seethed about DeSantis’s margin of victory.