CNN's Jake Tapper calls out Republicans who turned down interviews after shootings

"State of the Union" host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperFive takeaways from the CPAC conference in Dallas Eric Adams to meet with Biden on curbing gun violence Israel offering third Pfizer dose to adults with weak immune systems 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 McCarthyHas Trump beaten the system? Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi MORE (R-Calif.) also declined an invitation and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHas Trump beaten the system? Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony MORE (R-Ky.) did not respond.

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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 CornynSchumer feels pressure from all sides on spending strategy Data reveal big opportunity to finish the vaccine job GOP senators invite Yellen to brief them on debt ceiling expiration, inflation 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 CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken 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'RourkeBeto O'Rourke, Willie Nelson financially back Texas Democrats in elections bill fight Texans split on whether Abbott deserves reelection: poll O'Rourke considering Texas governor bid: report MORE and Julián Castro, both from Texas, and Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWhite House on Cleveland Indians' name change: 'We certainly support their change of name' Key Biden ally OK with dropping transit from infrastructure package Social media reacts with praise, derision for Cleveland Guardians name MORE (D-Ohio). 

The Democrats agree more needs to be done to pass gun legislation reform. 

Democrats, to varying degrees, also said President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE's rhetoric is stoking and empowering white supremacists. 

This report was updated at 11:44 a.m.