Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas

  • Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas

Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas

A Republican source told Fox News that the allegations Cruz was traveling to the Mexican city are true.

"The Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office..."

The new scrutiny on Mr Cruz comes as he reportedly contemplates a second presidential bid in 2024.

The news comes after hours of speculation on Wednesday night about the senator's whereabouts after photos of him and his family at the Houston airport appeared on Twitter, met with vast criticism as an estimated half a million Texans were left without electricity amid freezing temperatures.

His vacation coincided with one of the worst winter storms Texas has experienced in years.

But now Texas is facing a devastating winter storm of its own - with record-low temperatures, impassable roads, and the state's electric grid operator losing control of the power supply all at play - and the cohort that directed ire at politicians on the other side of the aisle are facing pushback for what some viewed as a callous response. "I guess spending so much time denying climate change must leave him pretty exhausted."The senator has yet to offer public comment on the issue".

The Republican lawmaker faced backlash after initial reports emerged on social media that he had jetsetted to Cancun despite the widespread crisis in Texas, but he defended himself in a statement Thursday afternoon saying it was a trip for his two daughters, Caroline and Catherine, and their friends.

"My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas".

Texas officials have also ordered seven million people in the state to boil tap water before consuming it due to damaged infrastructure and pipes.

Cruz was already facing criticism this week during the Texas power outages as a tweet resurfaced of him mocking California's "failed energy policies" when it experienced outages last August.

Roughly 2.7 million households were without power in Texas as of Wednesday morning. Almost 500,000 customers in Texas remained without power Thursday morning.

According to the news outlet, production of natural gas in the state has plunged, "making it hard for power plants to get the fuel necessary to run the plants". President Joe Biden approved the state's request for an emergency declaration over the weekend, without the groveling that had become standard in the Trump era.

Many Texans have been without heat for several days. The extreme cold across the region has been tied to the deaths of at least 20 people.