Sen. Ted Cruz flies to Cancun while winter storm slams Texas

Daniel Fowler
February 18, 2021

Senator Ted Cruz has not addressed his trip to Cancun yet.

"With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends", Cruz said in a statement Thursday, hours after photos of him at the airport en route to Cancun spread widely online Wednesday night.

Cruz's office told ABC News the senator was tested this morning for COVID-19 to comply with the new mandate requiring citizens to present a negative test before traveling to the United States.

Jodi Silva, a Houston Police Department spokeswoman, told The New York Times that a member of Cruz's staff contacted officials at the city's George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Wednesday afternoon to request assistance.

Police said he arrived at Terminal E and officers "monitored his movements" through the terminal.

Shuster tweeted a photo of Cruz boarding a plane while wearing a mask and with carry-on luggage.

The Lone Star state is in the midst of a crisis in the wake of a powerful storm that started Sunday, creating widespread power outages and burst pipes. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported on Thursday morning that a "majority of customers" have had their power restored.

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The same person familiar with the trip confirmed to CNN that Cruz is booked on a flight from Cancun back to Houston on Thursday afternoon.

Gene Wu, a Democrat who serves in the Texas House of Representatives, said Cruz's trip was "on-brand".

The Texas Democratic Party has called on Cruz to resign. "We must restore ethics, competence, and a government that works for the people", the group said in a statement.

Cruz was already facing criticism this week during the Texas power outages as a tweet resurfaced of him mocking California's "failed energy policies" when it experienced outages last August. "Not good. Stay safe!"

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The controversy over the storm quickly became fodder for the nascent 2022 election battle for congressional seats in Texas, though Mr Cruz won't be up for re-election until 2024.

Abbott and his allies who control all statewide offices in the GOP-run state are accused of ignoring warnings that the state's power grid was highly vulnerable to a brutal winter storm.

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