House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOSHA faces big challenge with Biden vaccine mandate Overnight Health Care — Nicki Minaj stokes uproar over vaccines Republicans ask FDA for details on any White House pressure on boosters MORE (R-La.) met with former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE at Mar-a-Lago while on a fundraising trip to Palm Beach, Fla., this week as the party grapples with divisions in the post-Trump era.
“Scalise is in Florida this week on political travel and had meetings at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday and touched base with President Trump while he was there,” Scalise spokeswoman Lauren Fine said in a statement.
Scalise’s trip followed House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyDemocrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot MORE's (R-Calif.) trip to Florida late last month to meet with the former president to discuss plans to take back the House in 2022.
Politico first reported the news of Scalise’s Tuesday meeting with Trump.
The Louisiana Republican’s meeting comes amid what appears to be a fracture within the Republican Party between those who disagree with Trump and want to move on from his presidency, and those who remain his allies.
Trump recently took aim at lawmakers who rebuked his behavior during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, including House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes MORE (R-Wyo.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally House to act on debt ceiling next week MORE (R-Ky.).
After Trump was acquitted in the Senate last week, McConnell took to the floor and blasted the former president as “practically and morally" responsible for the deadly riot during which Trump supporters attempted to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election.
Trump took aim at McConnell following the Senate impeachment trial, releasing a scathing statement that claimed that, “Mitch is a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again." He also called on Republicans to elect new candidates who would carry on his legacy.
Trump allies have also vowed to take aim at lawmakers and candidates that don’t align with their ideology.
In addition, several state and local Republican parties have voted to censure Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach the president including those in the states represented by Cheney, Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes MORE (Ill.), a vocal Trump critic, among others.
While a number of prominent Republicans have spoken out against Trump, a recent Quinnipiac University survey shows 75 percent of GOP respondents would like him to play a leading role in the party and he retains the support of a sizable amount of GOP lawmakers.
--Updated 3:33 p.m.