Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) criticized Donald Trump on Wednesday after the former President called the Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah “very smart.”
“Terrorists have murdered at least 1,200 Israelis and 22 Americans and are holding more hostage, so it is absurd that anyone, much less someone running for President, would choose now to attack our friend and ally, Israel, much less praise Hezbollah terrorists as ‘very smart,’ DeSantis wrote on Twitter.
Trump praised Hezbollah at his rally in Florida while mocking the Biden administration for being concern about a possible attack the group might launch on Israel.
“Two nights ago, I read all of Biden’s security people, can you imagine, national defense people, and they said, ‘Gee, I hope Hezbollah doesn’t attack from the north, because that’s the most vulnerable spot,'” Trump said. “I said, ‘Wait a minute.’ You know, Hezbollah is very smart. They’re all very smart.'”
DeSantis, who is challenging Trump for the GOP nomination for president, rarely goes after the former president. But, he appears to be shifting his strategy in recent months amid a slew of bad polling.
Trump currently leads DeSantis by over 40%, according to FiveThirtyEight average of polls.