"State of the Union" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperYarmuth and Clyburn suggest .5T package may be slimmed Fauci on FDA advisers' booster recommendations: 'I don't think they made a mistake' Mississippi governor: Biden vaccine mandates an 'attack' on 'hard-working Americans' MORE on Sunday called out a group of Republican lawmakers he said declined to appear on the CNN show to discuss two deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.
"We should note that we invited the Republican governor, lieutenant governor and both Republican U.S. senators representing Texas to join us this morning. They all declined," Tapper said before speaking with his guests on Sunday.
"The Republican governor of Ohio also declined. We also asked the White House to provide someone to discuss these shootings. That request too was declined," he added.
Tapper said in a tweet that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWoodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China Thompson says he hopes Jan 6. committee can complete work by 'early spring' Juan Williams: Shame on the anti-mandate Republicans MORE (R-Calif.) also declined an invitation and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.) did not respond.
Among those who declined the request from @CNNSotu to come on to discuss the mass shootings:@WhiteHouse— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) August 4, 2019
Texas Gov @GregAbbott_TX
Texas LG @DanPatrick
Sen @tedcruz, @GovMikeDeWine, @GOPLeader McCarthy@senatemajldr did not respond to our request.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE did make appearances on other Sunday morning shows on different networks.
A spokesperson for Sen. John CornynJohn CornynDemocrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Democrats make case to Senate parliamentarian for 8 million green cards MORE (R-Texas) told The Hill that the senator was traveling on a plane to El Paso this morning and was unable to do interviews.
A spokesperson for Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Bipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy GOP senators seek to block dishonorable discharges for unvaccinated troops MORE (R-Texas) did not immediately return The Hill's request for comment.
Tapper spoke with various Democrats, including 2020 presidential candidates Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeAnti-Greg Abbott TV ad pulled minutes before college football game: Lincoln Project O'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report Support for Abbott plunging in Texas: poll MORE and Julián Castro, both from Texas, and Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Centrist state lawmaker enters Ohio GOP Senate primary The Trojan Horse of protectionism MORE (D-Ohio).
The Democrats agree more needs to be done to pass gun legislation reform.
Democrats, to varying degrees, also said President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE's rhetoric is stoking and empowering white supremacists.
This report was updated at 11:44 a.m.