Donald Trump is the frontrunner for the GOP nomination
The 45th President, who flip-flopped on abortion while mulling over a run for the White House in 2011, believes he can get both sides to negotiate a deal which would result in “peace on that issue for the first time in 52 years”.
DeSantis' campaign is hoping to make the most of Trump’s intervention by positioning the Sunshine State Governor as the conservative candidate.
The DeSantis War Room said on social media: “Trump says he will compromise with Democrats on abortion so that they’re nice to him: 'Both sides are going to like me.'
“Then he says it’s ‘a terrible thing’ babies with heartbeats are protected in Iowa, Florida, and South Carolina.
Ron DeSantis was identified as the main challenger to former President Donald Trump
“Ron DeSantis will never sell out conservatives to win praise from corporate media or the left.”
DeSantis’ communications director Andrew Romeo added: “We've already seen the disastrous results of Donald Trump compromising with Democrats: over $7trillion in new debt, an unfinished border wall, and the jailbreak First Step Act letting violent criminals back on to the streets. Republicans across the country know that Ron DeSantis will never back down.”
Florida’s Governor will hope the abortion debate can inject some much-needed energy into his lacklustre campaign.
Despite emerging as the heir apparent to Trump, DeSantis' support stands at around 12.7 per cent on Real Clear Politics' poll-of-polls.
Trump is clearly leading the GOP pack, with a number of indictments failing to dent his 56.6 per cent support.