Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz was confused as he traveled to the Mexican resort of Cancun on Thursday.
The senator traveled to the Cancun with his family on Wednesday amid unprecedented crisis. Faced with a blizzard of criticism, he reduced his stay.
The controversy began when photos were shown showing him on a plane at Houston Airport, and later on to a popular tropical tourist destination on the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula.
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The senator explained in a statement that his daughters had expressed a desire to travel with friends as school was canceled for the week.
“I want to be a good father. I went with them last night,” he said.
“I am in constant consultation with local authorities to find out what happened in Texas,” he said, referring to the power cuts that have hit the state.
A few hours later, he admitted it was “clearly a mistake.” “Looking back, I can’t do this,” he added.
In a radio interview Monday, Cruz warned residents about his severe weather disruptions, stressing that they could lose many lives.
“Take no risk. Make sure your family is safe, do not leave your home and take care of your children,” he said.
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More than 300,000 homes in Texas were without electricity on Thursday, with polar temperatures causing a dramatic increase in electricity consumption.
As many water treatment plants froze, more than 10 million Texans suffered from a supply problem and many of them had to wait to drink their water.
Across the United States, the hurricane claimed at least 30 lives.
For those who have been around for a while, the nickname “Lined Ted” (“Ted the Lair”) by Donald Trump was quickly given on Twitter: “Fly Ted” (“Flying Ted”).
Ted Cruz, a Republican nominee for the White House in 2016, was regularly named the “Grand Old Party” candidate in 2024.
He was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and was re-elected in 2018 against Beto O’Rourke, a rising figure in the Democratic Party.
Democratic Party President Gilberto Hinojosa in Texas has called for the resignation of Senator Sen.
“It’s not surprising that Ted Cruz is moving to Mexico when the Texans are dying in the cold, but it’s very painful,” he wrote, lamenting that he was “leaving” his state.
When asked by a Republican senator at her daily press conference about going to the sun, White House spokeswoman Jen Saki acted sarcastically.
“I have no details to give you about the exact location of Ted Cruz,” she replied. “We are focused on mobilization in the wake of this winter storm”.
Comedian Trevor Noah Daily show, Himself, evoked a “heartbreaking” scene on Twitter: “A Texas resident had to travel more than 2,700 kilometers to find water, electricity and heat.”