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Ted Cruz flew to Cancun amid Texas power outages, freeze

Texas Senator Ted Cruz flew to Mexico amid state energy crisis, US media report Ted Cruz arrives back in frigid Texas, admits plans were to stay in Mexico through the weekend
Sandy Nunez | 19 February, 2021, 20:02

"With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends", the senator said in a statement.

The New York Times obtained text messages that Ted's wife Heidi Cruz allegedly sent to friends and Houston neighbors on Wednesday (February 17), the same day they were spotted flying to Mexico.

The excuse was met with scorn and ridicule. Cruz's 2018 electoral rival, Beto O'Rourke, took the opportunity to highlight that he'd been playing Gallant to Cruz's Goofus and used his Powered by People organization to call more than 150,000 seniors and connect them with local resources amid the storm.

Texas officials have also ordered seven million people in the state to boil tap water before consuming it due to damaged infrastructure and pipes.

In Austin, some hospitals faced a loss in water pressure and in some cases, heat. "Instead of focusing on relief, they've chosen to go on Fox News to spread lies or to board a plane to Cancun".

After returning to Texas, he briefed the members of the press and said the vacation to Mexico was a mistake. His current term expires in early 2025, and the unofficial beginning of the next Republican presidential primary election is two years away.

He issued a statement earlier in the day acknowledging an "infuriating week for Texans". "Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too".

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'And Heidi and I, as parents, we said OK, sure.

Silva could not say whether such requests are typical for Cruz's travel or whether his staff has made a similar request for his return flight.

U.S. Capitol Police officials and the Senate sergeant-at-arms have encouraged lawmakers and their staff to be conscious of potential threats and to consider advising law enforcement about their travel at airports and other transportation hubs. Cruz's office and called Heidi Cruz for comment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people who have travelled to get a coronavirus test three to five days after their return and to quarantine for a full week, regardless of the test results.

It would appear as though public pressure forced Ted Cruz into an earlier than expected return to Texas, with NBC news reporting that he had initially meant to return on Saturday, but booked a return flight at 6am local time on Thursday.

The United States rejoined the Paris climate accord on Friday even as a Texas-sized political controversy erupted in the country over collapsed power grids and water supply disruption - widely attributed to global warming - in the Republican-run state. She said officers "monitored his movements" while Cruz was at the airport. Despite that, upon his return, he expressed a desire to help get power and water back for all Texans.

Ted Cruz and his family left their poodle Snowflake behind when they jetted off to Mexico, it has emerged, with the dog remaining in the unheated Houston house as the Cruzes sunned themselves.