Published: Thu, February 18, 2021
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Sen. Cruz went to Mexico on vacation amid storm

Sen. Cruz went to Mexico on vacation amid storm

Cruz's office dismissed calls for his resignation earlier in the month.

The high-profile Republican, a potential White House candidate in 2024, said in a statement that he had accompanied his family after his daughters asked to go on a trip with friends, given that school was canceled for the week.

Between the lines: The CDC has advised that individuals "should avoid all travel to Mexico" due to the coronavirus pandemic and that "a$3 ll air passengers coming to the United States, including USA citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test" before boarding a US -bound flight.

Cruz headed to Cancun, Mexico, for a long-planned family vacation, various media outlets had reported, including The Associated Press, CNN and Fox News.

Cruz was captured at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, with several photos showing him standing at a gate, at an airline lounge and onboard a plane.

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

"This tweet did not age well at all", one user wrote, along with a photo of Cruz at the airport.

On Thursday morning, more than 500,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity, down from about 3 million on Wednesday. As of Thursday morning, roughly half a million households didn't have power.

"Texans are dying and you're on a flight to Cancun".

Among the criticisms of Cruz's trip issued by the Twitter account of the Texas Democratic Party were calls for him to resign. "We must restore ethics, competence, and a government that works for the people", the group said in a statement. Ted Cruz (R-TX) tweeted with a shrug emoji on Tuesday in response to an article on how he'd mocked California's power outages past year. "I got no defense. Not good. Stay safe!"

Texas is now experiencing a historic deep freeze, which has killed at least 21 people and knocked out power to more than 4 million people across the state.

Cruz and other Texas Republicans were already under fierce attack for failing to prepare for the catastrophic winter storm and Arctic blast that has virtually brought the nation's second-most-populous state to its knees.

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