Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to hold an "intimate dinner" with top donors amid speculation that he is preparing for a 2024 presidential campaign.
"DeSantis, riding high after his overwhelming re-election victory in November, will hold the first of what may be a series of invite-only meetings with donors this Sunday," the Washington Post reports.
DeSantis is widely seen as former President Donald Trump's biggest potential rival.
"Invitations to the dinner reportedly make no mention of a 2024 run, however, saying only that it was an opportunity to celebrate the governor's win with some of his 'strongest supporters,'" reported Fox News.
"The meeting comes as DeSantis is seeking to brush off speculation about a presidential run and the conflict with former President Donald Trump that comes with it. Trump already lashed out at DeSantis prior to the midterm elections, dubbing him 'Ron DeSanctimonious,'" added Fox News.
"The tables turned on Election Day, however, when Trump's candidates wildly underperformed across the country, costing Republicans control of Congress. Meanwhile, DeSantis coasted to victory by nearly 20 points in Florida," Fox News further noted.
Trump recently blasted DeSantis as "an average REPUBLICAN Governor with great Public Relations" in a post-Election Day statement.
"And now, Ron DeSanctimonious is playing games! The Fake News asks him if he's going to run if President Trump runs, and he says, 'I'm only focused on the Governor’s race, I'm not looking into the future.' Well, in terms of loyalty and class, that's really not the right answer," Trump said in a Truth Social post.
Trump made the post after saying DeSantis came to him in 2017 in "desperate shape" before his first gubernatorial election and Trump "fixed his campaign."