Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis sang the praises of former White House press secretary-turned-Fox News star Kayleigh McEnany on Friday.
The Florida governor said that she was one of Trump’s “greatest selections” for positions within his administration while others did not pan out so well.
“Donald Trump, even his greatest supporters have acknowledged, had a tough time picking good people. He had a lot of terrible personnel decisions. People like Jerome Adams, his Surgeon General,” DeSantis said during a campaign event on Friday.
“And, obviously, he elevated Fauci to lead the task force. But Kayleigh was one of his greatest selections. She did a fantastic job. She is from Florida, so we were very proud of her,” he added.
“She’s a Harvard-trained lawyer, she’s an absolute killer. She ate the press alive,” he added.
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His support comes after Trump leveled some remarks at his former press secretary after she appeared to accidentally low-ball a poll he was leading during a Fox News segment earlier in the week.
But the criticism of McEnany did cost Trump. New Hampshire state Rep. James Spillane (R-Deerfield) pulled his endorsement of Trump after he went after his final press secretary.
“I can no longer continue endorsing former President Trump,” Spillane said.
“I am officially withdrawing my endorsement, as his most recent attack on Kayleigh McEnany is beyond comprehension and explanation. Against my deepest hopes that Trump had learned some measure of control, he has attacked those who have been his staunchest supporters with no regard for their loyalty,” he said.