Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed a reporter during a press conference in Israel on Thursday when asked about a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay who claimed that DeSantis witnessed him being force-fed.
DeSantis forcefully rejected the claims made by former detainee Mansoor Adayfi, who claims that he saw a picture of DeSantis on Twitter and remembered his face from nearly two decades ago.
“No. No. Not at all,” DeSantis said when asked if he witnessed any instances where Al Qaeda terrorists were allegedly force fed. “That’s BS. Totally BS.”
When the reporter mentioned that the former detainee claimed that DeSantis was present at force-feedings, DeSantis quickly fired back at the reporter.
“Who said that? How would they know me?” DeSantis responded. “Okay, think about that. Do you honestly believe that’s credible? So this is 2006, I’m a junior officer, do you honestly think that they would have remembered me from that? Of course not.”
“They’re just trying to get into the news because they know people like you will consume it because it fits your pre-ordained narrative that you’re trying to spin,” DeSantis continued. “Focus on the facts and stop worrying about narrative.”
🔥 “That’s BS”: Ron DeSantis demolishes legacy media for using Guantanamo Bay TERRORISTS as sources to fit their "pre-ordained narrative" pic.twitter.com/uuZkH2TU57
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) April 27, 2023
DeSantis previously responded to the allegation earlier this year during an interview with British media personality Piers Morgan, saying that it was false.
“One of the things they said was that you authorized the use of force-feeding [for detainees who were on hunger strike],” Morgan said.
“That’s not true,” DeSantis immediately fired back. “So I was a junior officer, I didn’t have authority to authorize anything. There may have been a commander that would have done feeding if someone was going to die. But that was not something that I would have even had authority to do.”
When asked again if the report was wrong, DeSantis responded: “Yeah, absolutely.”
WATCH: DeSantis denies allegations of authorizing force-feeding at Guantanamo Bay
"That's not true. Yeah, that's not true […] I was a junior officer. I didn't have the authority to authorize anything. pic.twitter.com/aKOC8SyjFM
— Florida’s Voice (@FLVoiceNews) March 23, 2023