Republican Senator Ted Cruz spoke after returning to Texas from Cancun, Mexico, on a controversial trip that occurred just as Texas was facing a series of major blackouts and problems accessing clean water due to bad weather in recent times.
According to NBC NewsCruz said the decision to go to Cancun was an obvious mistake and that once he was on the plane he began to doubt what he was doing.
Controversy erupted when Twitter users posted photos of him leaving Houston, and according to NBC News sources, the senator would have initially stayed in Cancun until Saturday and got his ticket back on Thursday 6:00 am, after the scandal.
In both Mexico, and in his statement, the senator said his return was scheduled for Thursday, the day after he arrived.
In a statement sent by his office, Cruz said the following:
“This has been an infuriating week for Texas. The largest state in the largest country in the world has run out of electricity. We have food and fuel lines and people sleep in neighbors’ homes. Our homes are freezing and cold. Without electricity. Like millions of Texas, our family has lost heat and electricity.” The Senator said.
“My staff and I are in constant contact with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want to bring electricity, water and heating service back to our homes. My team and I will continue to use all of our resources to keep Texas informed and safe,” added the Republican.
Earlier this week, the Republican senator, in an interview with the Joe Bags Show, urged Texas residents to stay home due to heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures.
Cruz, in the interview, celebrated the fact that his Houston home had not lost power.
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