Oct 6, 2019

Zero members of Trump administration appear on Sunday talk shows

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The Trump administration was noticeably absent on Sunday's cable news lineup, with not a single member making an appearance on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS or NBC.

Why it matters: President Trump is in the midst of an impeachment storm over allegations that he pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The Sunday shows are widely viewed as a space for political actors to speak directly to the public and relay their perspectives on pressing political issues.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a loyal of the president, appeared on ABC's "This Week," where he suggested that Trump was joking when he publicly called for China to investigate the Bidens last week.

  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) took a similar stance on CBS' "Face the Nation," while Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) got into a heated argument with NBC's Chuck Todd and attacked the intelligence community over allegations that they sought to undermine Trump with the Russia investigation.

Between the lines: Trump's most adamant defender on cable news in recent weeks has been his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who appeared on Fox News' "Media Buzz." Giuliani is not a member of the administration and has been subpoenaed in the Ukraine investigation.

  • Several prominent Republicans have spoken out against Trump's comments about China and Ukraine. On Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) became the 3rd Republican senator to condemn Trump for inviting China to investigate the Bidens, joining Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

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Minnesota activates National Guard amid fallout from George Floyd death

A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

George Floyd, 46, moved to Minnesota to improve his life and become his "best self," but instead, he is dead because of Minneapolis police.

The latest: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency and activated the state's National Guard in response to violent clashes over the past two days between police and protesters in the Twin Cities.

Trump signs executive order targeting protections for social media platforms

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content users post on their platforms.

What they're saying: "Currently, social media giants like Twitter receive an unprecedented liability shield based on the theory that they are a neutral platform, which they are not," Trump said in the Oval Office. "We are fed up with it. It is unfair, and it's been very unfair."