Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has issued a statement after he traveled to Mexico while millions in his state are suffering from a brutal winter storm.
On Thursday, after the politician and his family were seen in photos traveling from Houston to Cancun the previous night, Cruz explained that he was escorting his daughters on a trip with their friends.
“With school cancelled for a week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” the statement read.
“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texas informed and safe.”
In his message, Cruz also says, “Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too.”
Per paparazzi photos and videos, Cruz was seen Thursday at the Cancun International Airport, where he will fly back to Houston. He was also seen wearing a face mask featuring the Texas flag.
On Wednesday, Cruz received immense social media backlash after photos of him at the airport, including one of him in the United Club lounge, circulated around the Internet.
According to a source via Skift’s Edward Russell, Cruz was reportedly scheduled to return on Saturday but had rebooked his flight amid the controversy.
Spoke to a source at United Airlines, Senator Ted Cruz rebooked his flight back to Houston from Cancun for this afternoon at around 6 a.m. today (Thursday). He was originally scheduled to return on Saturday.https://t.co/QV9xgibIQ9— Edward Russell (@ByERussell) February 18, 2021
Prior to this report, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman posted a screenshot where someone with the initials “Cru, R.” narrowly missed a business upgrade. (Ted Cruz was born Rafael Edward Cruz.)
Here’s the upgrade list for this afternoon’s flight from Cancun to Houston.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) February 18, 2021
Looks like @tedcruz is on his way back, @danpfeiffer. He’s just narrowly missing the upgrade list
That’s assuming that “cru, r” is him. And I do. pic.twitter.com/CqfKa5rJfG
However, an anonymous person familiar with Cruz’s personal travel told the New York Times on Thursday that the politician had planned to return to Texas that day. The trip was also described by the newspaper as “a previously planned family vacation.”