Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) attempted to come between the two Republican heavyweights, telling Fox News' Sean Hannity that he needs fellow members of the GOP to "realize that without President Trump, we're never going to get back in the majority."
Those remarks came after McConnell slammed Trump at the conclusion of the impeachment trial, saying the former President was "practically and morally" responsible for the January 6 siege on the Capitol.
McConnell pointed to the former president after his second impeachment acquittal in just over a year Saturday, blaming Trump for the January 6 storming of the Capitol.
"I would be very surprised if he ever says the words Donald Trump again", former McConnell aide Josh Holmes told the Post.
The statement is the latest sign of deepening divisions within the party, after McConnell said Trump was the one who incited the deadly attack on the US Capitol last month.
Trump notably took aim at former political ally McConnell, claiming in a Tuesday statement that the Senate minority leader's "dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality", is the reason why Republicans lost the majority in the Senate.
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The question is pertinent to Republicans because the leading voice of the party is up for grabs now that Trump is a private citizen.
An op-ed from the conservative editorial board of the Wall Street Journal published on Sunday warned Republicans that Trump would not be able to win another national election.
Although some Republican politicians have expressed their opposition to Trump, a majority of Republican voters have said they would support Trump if he ran for the presidency again in 2024.
Mr Trump underscored the significant support he continues to command among Republican voters and appeared unphased by his recent second impeachment trial, even joking his polling numbers had surged since the proceedings. In many states, Republicans who oppose Trump - specifically, those in the House and Senate who voted to impeach him or convict him - face backlash from their party.
According to The Hill, Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly "tried to pin Trump" down on the 2024 question on three occasions, but the former president repeatedly demurred.