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GOP Governor Ron DeSantis claims France would ‘probably surrender’ if Putin invaded

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Ron DeSantis, who is tipped as a potential Republican candidate for the 2024 Presidential Election, spoke about several topics during his appearance at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Wednesday, including Joe Biden’s State of the Union address and COVID-19. But Mr DeSantis, who was first elected as Governor of the Sunshine State in 2019, also opted to take a swipe at France over concerns about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking to the press, he said: “A lot of other places around the world, they just fold the minute there’s any type of adversity.

“I mean can you imagine if he [Vladimir Putin] went into France?

“Would they do anything to put up a fight? Probably not.”

The comment might have been in reference to France’s recent military history.

The French ultimately surrendered to the Germans in 1940 just six weeks after Adolf Hitler launched his Western campaign.

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It also seemed reminiscent of American complaints about France in response to the invasion of Iraq when some officials mocked their French colleagues as “freedom fries” for not joining the conflict.

But footage of Mr DeSantis telling students to remove their facemasks has also circulated on social media.

Pointing a finger as he approached the lectern, the father-of-three said: “You do not have to wear those masks.

“I mean, please take them off. Honestly, it’s not doing anything and we’ve gotta stop with this Covid theatre.

“So if you want to wear it, fine, but this is ridiculous.”

Just as Mr DeSantis was about to start his media briefing to reporters he let out a sigh as he has been a proponent of looser COVID-19 restrictions.

The Florida Governor even celebrated his home state at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when he described Florida as the “freest” state in America.

However, the Sunshine State has also registered 70,247 pandemic-related deaths since COVID-19 reached American shores.

Florida also has the 18th highest coronavirus death rate per 100,000 people, according to Statista.

Last weekend, Mr DeSantis emerged as a darling of the GOP grassroots after a straw poll taken at CPAC in Orlando put him as attendees’ second favourite candidate for the 2024 election.

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However, ex-President Donald Trump still trounced his Republican rivals in the survey, with 59 percent saying they would vote for the ex-POTUS in the GOP primary.

Mr DeSantis lagged behind in a distant second on 28 percent.

The 43-year-old also faces a tough swing state contest in November’s midterm elections.

However, Real Clear Politics suggests Mr DeSantis is expected to win the Governor race against Charlie Crist by a significant margin as recent surveys indicate he has opened up an 8.8 percent lead over his Democratic rival.

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