One of the Republican Party's largest donors announced that he will not support Donald Trump if he decides to run for president in 2024. Ken Griffin, the head of the Citadel investment firm, was interviewed by Político last Sunday. He made it clear that he will not support the former president if he runs for the 2024 election, which is something that seems more and more likely each day:
He did a lot of things really well and missed the mark on some important areas, and for a litany of reasons, I think it’s time to move on to the next generation.
This is not the first time Griffin has claimed he will not support Trump if he runs for re-election. Last year, in an interview with BloombergTV, Fox News recalled that he made his intentions clear. "I think it’s time for America to move on," he said while calling Trump "pointlessly divisive."
According to Griffin, Ron DeSantis should be the Republican candidate to take over the White House in 2024. Florida's gubernatorial candidate already has his support in the midterm campaign. Specifically, he has donated $5 million to the Republican politician for this re-election alone. He would have no problem expanding his funding if DeSantis were to run for president. The tycoon does not know if DeSantis has already made this decision:
Would I support him? The bigger question is, is he going to run? That bridge has to be crossed. I don’t know what he’s going to do. It’s a huge personal decision. He has a tremendous record as governor of Florida, and our country would be well-served by him as president.
Despite supporting DeSantis, the businessman stressed that he does not support many of the decisions made by the Florida gubernatorial candidate, specifically the politician's decision to send migrants to Martha's Vineyard. Last September, when asked if he agreed with the decision, he told CNBC:
I’m certain that my team’s communicated that to him. The point that he’s trying to make, I agree with, but the immigrants -- the illegal immigrants are coming over the border in Texas. Texas is bearing the brunt of this. And Governor Abbott, in Texas, I think is justified in what he’s been doing because, frankly, the rest of the United States has left him with the bill, while cities like Chicago declared themselves to be sanctuary cities. So he’s making a very powerful point to the rest of the country as the state that’s bearing the cost of open borders. I think DeSantis reiterated that point but, frankly, I think the Governor of Texas had made it. I don’t think Governor DeSantis had to get in the middle of this.