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“Governor Ron DeSantis issues strong criticism of Donald Trump, boldly proposes a one-on-one debate challenge”

After a debate that saw Gov. Ron DeSantis take multiple shots at former President Donald Trump in his absence, DeSantis is now difficult Trump to a one-on-one matchup.

“Because the former president didn’t come here, possibly he can be willing to do one with you and I,” DeSantis told Fox News host Sean Hannity after the controversy. “I believe he owes it to our voters to return and make the case.”

DeSantis repeated those comments during a Fox News interview Thursday morning, adding that Trump likes to trash him but “It’s one thing to do it behind a keyboard, step on stage and do it to my face. I’m ready for it.”

DeSantis later posted similar comments on X, daring Trump to “say it to my face.”

With Trump’s polling lead growing in recent weeks and DeSantis sinking further behind, the governor has been under pressure to confront Trump more forcefully and directly.

That was evident Wednesday when DeSantis went after Trump during his first opportunity to talk. Trump has skipped the primary two GOP presidential primary debates.

DeSantis takes gloves off with Trump:Takeaways from second GOP debate

“Where’s Joe Biden? He’s completely missing in motion from leadership and you already know who else is missing in motion? Donald Trump is missing in motion,” DeSantis said in the course of the debate. “He must be on this stage tonight. He owes it to you to defend his record where they added $7.8 trillion to the debt, that set the stage for the

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