Trump news – live: Ex-president blasts Fox over Ron DeSantis support ahead of Ohio visit

Donald Trump Responds To President Biden’s State Of The Union Address

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Donald Trump has hit out at Fox News on his Truth Social app over its favourable coverage of Florida governor Ron DeSantis, who has been widely tipped to run against Mr Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

“I call Fox News the RINO Network, and their DOWN BIG Ratings accurately reflect the name,” he fumed, using a common conservative acronym meaning “Republican in Name Only.”

Meanwhile, Mr Trump is set to visit the town of East Palestine, Ohio, on Wednesday – site of a major freight train derailment earlier this month that resulted in a massive chemcial spill and forced residents to evacuate their homes.

That follows Georgia grand jury foreperson Emily Kohrs revealing that the panel has recommended indictments against several individuals on multiple charges over the investigation into Mr Trump’s 2020 election meddling in the Peach State and his boasting of having had a “very good relationship” with Vladimir Putin on Monday, just hours after his successor Joe Biden made a historic visit to Ukraine to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

Speaking at a rally in Florida on President’s Day, Mr Trump once again baselessly claimed that the war would never have happened on his watch, declaring: “Putin never, ever would have gone into Ukraine if I were president.”