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Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Thursday defended his decision to fly to Mexico for a vacation while his homestate grapples with a severe winter storm.
“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends,” Cruz said Thursday, hours after photos of him at the airport en route to Cancun spread widely online on Wednesday night. “Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”
Cruz has received intense backlash for leaving Houston during a storm that has left millions of Texans without electricity, heat, and running water. As of Thursday morning, roughly half a million households remain without power.
“This has been an infuriating week for Texans,” Cruz said. “Our homes are freezing and our lights are out. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power too.”
The senator added that he and his staff “are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas” and that they “will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”
“We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm,” Cruz said.
Photos of Cruz and his family at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston first circulated online late Wednesday, prompting immediate criticism. Multiple news outlets confirmed his trip on Thursday morning.
Nationwide, the storm has left at least 20 people dead.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics
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