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War of words: DeSantis, Haley trade fire over who was more China-friendly governor

As they battle to be the top alternative to former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican presidential nomination race, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former United Nations Ambassador and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are increasingly trading fire.

The latest flash point is China.

In a Fox News Digital interview on Tuesday, DeSantis charged that Haley “rolled out the red carpet for China” during her tenure as South Carolina governor.

Haley’s campaign fired back, claiming DeSantis has “aggressively recruited Chinese companies to Florida.”

 

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Speaking with Fox News, DeSantis added that “there are millions of voters out there who want to see accountability for the federal government’s COVID policies. I represent a vessel to do that. I’ve pledged to do that. Donald Trump will not do that. He said he did everything right. He doesn’t think there’s a need to go back and do any of that.”

Looking ahead to the 2024 election, DeSantis said that “those voters, those anti-lockdown voters, those anti Fauci voters, they’re going to want a vehicle. And I think that RFK is going to be able to peel those voters away from Trump.”

Get the latest updates from the 2024 campaign trail, exclusive interviews and more at our Fox News Digital election hub.

Paul Steinhauser is a politics reporter based in New Hampshire. 

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