GOP senator: Trump should have invited Dems to state dinner

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) on Tuesday said he thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE should have invited Democrats and the media to the state dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron.

“I think it would have sent a better message, just my opinion, if we included a cross-section of Congress. You can’t include everybody, but that’s Democrats, Independents and Republicans,” Kennedy said on CNN’s “New Day.”

He added that the event would benefit from more media exposure so U.S. leaders can be seen thanking Macron for his country’s assistance in Syria and on other issues.

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Kennedy said he sees Macron's visit as a way to ensure the U.S. and France are on the same page on Syria's civil war, the Iran nuclear deal, policy toward China and other key issues.

“It’s about learning from President Macron and thanking him,” Kennedy said. “I want to thank him for standing with us in Syria. I want to thank him, the French people through the president, for selling us Louisiana in 1803.”

Trump did not invite Democrats or members of the media to Tuesday night's dinner with Macron in what is a departure from past state dinners.

Kennedy is one of four members of Congress to be invited, according to Politico, joining House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Flynn awaits sentencing | White House signals it wants to avoid shutdown Missing: Fiscal sanity in Washington On The Money: Latest on border wall fight | Dems prep for long shutdown | Trump finds himself isolated | Stocks sink ahead of Fed meeting, funding deadline | Trump offers new round of farm aid MORE (R-Wis.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceHouse passes resolution calling for release of Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar This week: Lawmakers return to mourn George H.W. Bush Ryan casts doubt on 'bizarre' California election results MORE (R-Calif.) and Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyThe Year Ahead: Drug pricing efforts to test bipartisanship GOP balks at Trump drug pricing plan Overnight Defense: Senate rebukes Trump with Yemen vote | Mattis, Pompeo briefing fails to quell Senate concerns with Saudis | Graham demands CIA briefing on Khashoggi | Pentagon identifies three troops killed in Afghanistan MORE (R-La.).

During the last state dinner for a French president, made by Macron's predecessor François Hollande, then-President Obama featured lawmakers from both parties and an appearance by singer Mary J. Blige.

Trump has frequently sparred with Democrats since taking office, blaming the minority party for obstructing his nominees and for legislative failures.

Trump was also the first president in almost a century to not have a state dinner during his first year in office.