Musk says time for Trump to 'sail into the sunset'

STORY: A feud is intensifying between the world's richest person and the former president of the United States, with Elon Musk tweeting that it was time for Donald Trump to "hang up his hat and sail into the sunset."

The Tesla CEO went further, saying "Dems should also call off the attack," adding "don't make it so that Trump's only way to survive is to regain the Presidency."

The pointed Monday night Twitter post came just days after the former president mocked the billionaire at a political rally in Anchorage, Alaska, about Musk trying to back out of his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.

"Elon - Elon is not going to buy Twitter. Where did you hear that before? From me. From me. Fake accounts – she? says fake - lot of 'em. Nah - he's got himself a mess. You know, he said the other day, oh I've never voted for a Republican. I said, I didn't know that. He told me he voted for me. So, he's another bullshit artist, but he's not going to be buying it."

Musk also said Trump's claim that he told him he voted for him was "Not true."

Trump’s shot at Musk came after the billionaire said last month, at the Qatar Economic Forum, that he had not decided whom he would support in the next presidential election, though he had said on Twitter that he was leaning towards supporting Florida Republican governor Ron DeSantis for president in 2024 - a potential Trump rival in that election.

In the recent tweets, Musk said that if DeSantis ran against Biden in 2024, "then DeSantis will easily win" and that "Trump would be 82 at end of term, which is too old to be chief executive of anything, let alone the United States of America."

The billionaire is making enemies at a rapid clip, the arch nemesis being Twitter, which fired back at Musk on Monday after he said he was moving to ditch the takeover deal, accusing Musk of "knowingly" breaching an agreement to buy the company.