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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) sits next to former President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room at the White House on December 13, 2018, in Washington, D.C.Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images

(LifeSiteNews) — Former President Donald Trump issued a strange warning to Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in an interview published Tuesday, threatening to release unflattering information about DeSantis if he runs against Trump for the GOP presidential nomination in two years.

Speaking to Fox News Digital, the 45th president denied he was in a “tiff” with the popular governor, whom he called a “fine guy.” But then he said that if DeSantis ran for president, “he could hurt himself very badly […] I think the base would not like it — I don’t think it would be good for the party.”

Trump added that if DeSantis runs, “I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering — I know more about him than anybody — other than, perhaps, his wife.”

Relatively few on social media were impressed by Trump’s threat, dismissing the possibility that Trump has damaging information on the family man and Navy veteran, and instead seeing the claim — and its timing — as petty, divisive, and indicative of fear for a potential DeSantis challenge.

The swipe comes days after Trump referred to DeSantis as “Ron DeSanctimonious” out of the blue at a Pennsylvania rally for his failed U.S. Senate endorsee, Dr. Mehmet Oz. The reaction to that attack was also largely negative.  

Neither man has formally announced plans to run for president in 2024, but Trump has heavily hinted at it ever since losing his 2020 reelection bid and has teased a “big announcement” that most expect to make it official for November 15. 

DeSantis, meanwhile, has refused to answer whether he’ll serve the entirety of his next four-year term as governor, and during last night’s victory speech for his landslide gubernatorial reelection was met with conspicuous chants of “two more years,” indicating that many of his most loyal supporters in the Sunshine State are willing to lose him as their governor for the sake of putting him in the White House.