Cruz says he was chaperoning daughters, friends on Cancun trip amid Texas power crisis

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) flew back to his home state from Mexico on Thursday afternoon, as he faces intense backlash for jetting off amid a winter storm leaving millions of Texans without power or water. The senator said that he was merely chaperoning his daughters and their friends on their flight.

The winter storm sweeping across much of the country has taken at least 30 lives so far and as of Thursday has left nearly 500,000 people Texas, which has its own separate power grid, without power.

The Texas Republican was seen Thursday afternoon, according to The New York Post, boarding a flight from the beach town of Cancun back to the U.S. Cruz is expected to land in Houston at 3:47 p.m. local time, according to the newspaper.

Images of Cruz at an airport began floating around online late on Wednesday, with people claiming that he was flying off to Cancun amid the deadly crisis engulfing his home state. After knowledge of his trip became public and sources familiar with the matter confirmed it to news outlets, Cruz put out a statement Thursday afternoon explaining himself.

“This has been an infuriating week for Texans,” Cruz wrote in a statement.

“The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power. We have food lines, gas lines, and people sleeping at the neighbors’ house. Our homes are freezing and our lights are out too. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power, too,” he continued.

“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon. My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” the senator added.

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