At a Lincoln Day Dinner at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump sat in between two of his most prominent heirs apparent, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
According to one attendee, Trump barely spoke to his former, and always loyal, top diplomat, spending the evening yukking it up with DeSantis instead.
“It was painfully embarrassing,” said a person who attended the event, blaming Pompeo’s “quite overt” ambitions for rubbing Trump the wrong way.
Sources close to Trump said talk of 2024 is inappropriate at this stage, with midterm elections still ahead next year and the Biden administration, in their view, running roughshod over his legacy.
Most challenging, perhaps, is how Biden’s liberal agenda appears broadly popular with voters, according to polls.
The focus right now for Florida Republicans is reelecting DeSantis in 2022, who will be at the top of a ticket with Sen. Marco Rubio slotted just below.