'The Simpsons' Ted Cruz Cancun trip comparison l

'The Simpsons' Ted Cruz Cancun trip comparison l

Cruz checked in for his return flight Thursday afternoon in Cancun and walked briskly through the terminal pulling a roller bag to security.

The senator insisted that his trip was a one-day jaunt during which he wanted to accompany his family before returning stateside.

It would appear as though public pressure forced Ted Cruz into an earlier than expected return to Texas, with NBC news reporting that he had initially meant to return on Saturday, but booked a return flight at 6am local time on Thursday.

Cruz's legal name is Rafael Edward Cruz.

Cruz returned to the U.S. Thursday after he traveled to Mexico for a family vacation on Wednesday as his home state grapples with a weather crisis.

Earlier, Cruz's office had declined to answer specific questions about the family vacation, but his staff reached out to the Houston Police Department on Wednesday afternoon to say the senator would be arriving at the airport, according to department spokeswoman Jodi Silva.

Even before the text messages emerged, Cruz was facing criticism from leaders in both parties, as well as his constituents.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: "Yesterday, my daughters asked if they could take a trip with some friends, and Heidi and I agreed, so I flew down with them last night, dropped them off here, and now I'm headed back to Texas and back continuing to work to try to get the power on". After five days of outages many Texans now have power back, although 185,000 businesses and homes were still without it on Friday.

"It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn't have done it", he told reporters, per NBC. If Cruz isn't working tirelessly to coordinate emergency relief efforts with senior Senator John Cornyn and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, which there is scant evidence of him doing, perhaps he could do a little fundraising himself.

However, after returning, amid widespread questioning of his explanation, Mr Cruz confirmed he had originally been scheduled to stay in Mexico through the weekend. "I didn't want all the screaming and yelling about this trip to distract even one moment from the real issues Texans care about, which is keeping all of our families safe".

A United executive said the airline might fire the person responsible for the leak.

Cruz, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2016, won re-election to the Senate in 2018 by eking out a victory over Democrat Beto O'Rourke by less than 3 percentage points.

Mr Cruz is a high-profile member of the Republican party.

"As it became a bigger and bigger firestorm, it became all the more compelling that I come back", he said. And his own fundraising has surged in the months since - including after he stood against the certification of President Joe Biden's victory in early January.

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