Senator Ted Cruz is returning to Texas after pictures of him boarding a flight to Cancun, Mexico sparked outrage amid the unprecedented power and water crisis.
The Republican said that he was only accompanying his daughters and their friends and had no intention to remain there amid the situation in the Lone Star State.
“This has been an infuriating week for Texans,” Cruz said. “The greatest state in the greatest country in the world has been without power.”
“Our homes are freezing and our lights are out too. Like millions of Texans, our family lost heat and power, too. With school canceled 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. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”
More than 3.4 million people in Texas are without power and at least 30 people have died since the historic winter storm brought frigid temperatures and massive energy and water outages.