Trump throws support behind Ron DeSantis for Florida governor

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted his support for Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who is widely expected to run for governor of Florida in 2018.

Trump called DeSantis “brilliant,” arguing he’d make a “GREAT” governor.

The Palm Beach Post reported that DeSantis is expected to launch a bid for governor in 2018. Adam Putnam, who previously served in Congress and as Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, is the GOP primary’s current frontrunner, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

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US Representative Ron DeSantis, Republican of Florida, and candidate for Florida Governor, speaks during a rally with US President Donald Trump at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall in Tampa, Florida, on July 31, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Representative Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida, right, talks to Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The hearing is part of some Republican lawmakers' push to impeach International Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen for allegedly failing to cooperate with an investigation after the IRS reportedly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
UNITED STATES - May 16: Ron DeSantis (R) Florida is interviewed at Roll Call in Washington, D.C. (Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 3: Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on Thursday, March 3, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) speaks at the National Oversight and Government Reform Committee on moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem on Capitol Hill on November 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 14: Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is interviewed by a TV news crew outside of the House chamber as Congress prepares to vote on defunding President Obama's executive actions on immigration on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 18: Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., speaks at a news conference at the House Triangle to oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act, also called the internet tax, which would require online retailers to collect a sales tax at the time of a purchase. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
U.S. President Donald Trump talks with Republican Florida governor candidate Ron DeSantis during a Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Republican Florida governor candidate Ron DeSantis speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump stands during a Make America Great Again Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida, U.S., July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) speaks during an event hosted by the Zionist Organization of America on Capitol Hill on May 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, DeSantis pushed an amendment that would have halted funding for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia six months after the amendment’s passage, and prevented Mueller from investigating events prior to June 2015.

DeSantis traveled with the president on Air Force One and appeared with Trump at a rally earlier this month.

Trump, who will spend the holidays at Mar-a-Lago, landed in Florida shortly before tweeting about DeSantis. He traveled to the Sunshine State after signing the GOP tax bill into law Friday morning.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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