Sen. Ted Cruz tells he regrets visiting Cancún, Mexico while Texans froze and says ‘Obviously a mistake’ to the reporters. Cruz said, “It was a mistake, and in reconsideration, I wouldn’t have done it.” after returning to Houston, where many protesters were chanting “Resign”.
He added, “I understand why many are furious with me. I was trying to make my daughter happy by taking her on a vacation. But doing it while so many Texans were suffering didn’t feel right. And so I changed my mind and returned on the first available flight.”
News about his trip surfed Wednesday night as photos of him and his family at the airport circulated on social media.
After Cruz’s Senate office did not reply to the requests for comments this Thursday, Cruz released a statement explaining his situation. He said that it has been an “enraging week for all Texans” and that his family has no heat and power too.
The statement had, “With school closed for the week, my daughters asked to go for a vacation with friends. I, wanting to be a good dad, flew with them last night and now I am flying back this afternoon. I and my crew are in re communication with state and local leaders to find what happened in Texas.
He continued with, “We want power back, water on, and homes warm again. My crew and I will continue using all our available resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”
When NBC News encountered him at the airport on Thursday before his return flight, he gave an account similar to his statement. He explained that he has gone to drop his family off.
Cruz said, “We had no power and no heat, and yesterday my daughters asked if they could have a vacation with their friends. And Heidi and I agreed, so last night I flew down with them and dropped them off here. Now I’m headed back to Texas and continuing to work to get the power and heat back on.”
An anonymous source with knowledge about the situation said that Cruz was initially booked to return back Saturday and that he booked his ticket at 6 a.m. Thursday.
After his return, Cruz suggested that he had planned to stay through the weekend. But, he said he has second thoughts after he boarded the plane. So, he came back.
He also acknowledged that the furious situation on social media also played a part. He said, “As it became a bigger issue, it became all the more enthralling that I return back. I didn’t want all the yelling about this vacation to distract even one moment from all the real problems Texans care about, which is keeping all Texans safe.”
He said that he came back after he got a COVID test this morning. He finished his news conference by telling “stay warm” to the reporters.
Cruz, in an interview with KTRK-TV of Houston, was asked about the outrage in Texas. And he replied, “In hindsight, if I understood how it would be perceived, the people’s reaction would have, certainly I wouldn’t have done it.”
Democrats were furious, as many people across Texas have been having difficulties without heat and power. And also have suffered water system disturbance for few days in record low temperatures.
The state Democratic Party tweeted, “While Texans are suffering, you’re on a flight to Cancun. #TedCruzRESIGN.”
Craig Brown, Galveston Mayor, said, “It’s a response to me of someone who didn’t have to go through this. If he was in the midst of experiencing this, I believe there would be a different attitude.”
On Thursday, Rep. Mark Pocan, S-Wis tweeted, “It must be easy not to believe in climate change if you can just leave Texans suffering without power, heat, or water to sit on a beach in Cancún.”
On Monday, Cruz urged Texans to stay put in a radio interview with “The Joe Pags Show“.