Former President Donald Trump fired back at reports of a bitter rift with Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, claiming they had a good relationship. DeSantis has emerged as a heavyweight contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. The outcome has been several unnamed advisers trashing DeSantis to journalists amid reports that Trump is angry that the governor will not say he will stand aside if the former President chooses to run again. [tweet_embed] January 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] "Well, I have a very good relationship with Governor DeSantis," announced Trump in a meeting with a small number of reporters when asked regarding the matter. The call was to advance his coffee table book, "Our Journey Together," though Trump fielded questions on everything from the January 6 investigation and impeachment to whether he had plans for another book throughout the 20-minute conversation. He did not say whether DeSantis was featured in his book, yet he announced that the 43-year-old owed his political rise to Trump's endorsement. "You know, he won the election the day I announced that I was going to give him my endorsement," he announced by phone from his home and political headquarters at Mar-a-Lago, Florida. "And then I helped him beat their so-called star, the Democrat star, who turned out not to be much of a star." "But now I had a very good ... I have a very good relationship with him." "And we've had that for a long time. And I was very supportive of him." [tweet_embed] January 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] Many surveys have suggested that DeSantis would be Republican voters' favorite candidate if Trump opted out of running again. Earlier this week, The New York Times reported that DeSantis' is declining to commit to clear the way for Trump if the ex-President hops into the 2024 presidential race. Trump wants other presidential hopefuls to bow out if he gets in, clearing the path for an easy GOP primary victory. While DeSantis is running for re-election this year, he's shaping up to be a top GOP 2024 White House contender. DeSantis told his inner circle the "expectation that he bend the knee is asking too much," The Times announced. Behind the scenes, Trump has stated that DeSantis has "no personal charisma" and a "dull" personality. And when Trump's people were asked to remark on DeSantis courting social media influencers who share pro-Florida sentiments, Taylor Budowich, a Trump spokesperson, pointed out the position Trump played in making DeSantis. [tweet_embed] January 20, 2022[/tweet_embed] "The MAGA world has, in large part, followed President Trump to Florida as it prepares for the future," Budowich told Politico. "After introducing the world to Governor DeSantis in 2017 through a Tweet, Floridians have reaped the rewards of President Trump's America First candidates." "Now with DeSantis up for re-election, it's an all hands on deck effort to propel Governor DeSantis across the finish line once more," Budowich continued.