Donald Trump declares war on Republican senate minority leader Mitch McConnell

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Trump also warned that said he would back Republicans in congressional primaries where "necessary and appropriate", amid reports that McConnell would encourage moderates outside Trump's cuckoo brigade of conspiracy theorists and extremists.

McConnell is reportedly going to let Trump have the final word in their brief spat, which saw the former president issue a lengthy screed on Tuesday calling him a "dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack" and claiming Republican senators "will not win again" if they remain allied with McConnell.

But Trump's support is less pronounced in the Senate, where GOP leader Mitch McConnell and John Thune, the No. 2 Senate Republican who faces reelection in South Dakota next year, have both worked to distance themselves from the former President in recent weeks.

The statement did not include any sign of contrition from Mr Trump for his remarks to a crowd of supporters who then attacked the US Capitol on Jan 6.

Mr McConnell's decision to speak to the Wall Street Journal was seen as a move to reassure wealthy donors who have threatened to desert the party as a result of Mr Trump's actions during and in the wake of the Capitol attack. Trump responded in agreement.

CNN reported last month that McConnell had indicated he believed that impeaching Trump would make it easier to get rid of the former President and Trumpism from the Republican Party, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. However, he voted later that day to acquit the former United States president on the single impeachment charge of "incitement of insurrection".

Despite escaping conviction, seven Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats in voting to convict Mr Trump, making it the most bipartisan impeachment trial vote ever. However, he defended Trump on the narrow grounds that impeachment should only apply to sitting presidents. Trump adviser Jason Miller said an "earlier (version of the) statement was likely tougher".

Trump in his Tuesday statement said he would back candidates loyal to him in primary elections to unseat established Republicans, a clear threat to McConnell and other longstanding members of Congress.

Trump asserted Tuesday that McConnell's shortcomings had contributed to the party's loss of the Senate majority and alluded to his baseless claims of election fraud.

"McConnell's dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill and personality, have rapidly driven him from majority leader to minority leader, and it will only get worse".

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