Cruz on vacation in Mexico as storm slams Texas

Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas wears a face mask as he arrives for a confirmation hearing for Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg before the Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee on Capitol Hill Thursday Jan. 21 2021 in Washington

Senator Ted Cruz has not addressed his trip to Cancun yet.

"With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends", Ted Cruz said, via Rebecca Shabad of NBC News.

CNN has repeatedly reached out to Cruz's office and people in his orbit late Wednesday night and Thursday morning but they did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

"My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe", Cruz added.

Between the lines: The CDC has advised that individuals "should avoid all travel to Mexico" due to the coronavirus pandemic and that "a$3 ll air passengers coming to the United States, including USA citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test" before boarding a US -bound flight.

Cruz cut his trip short after his travels were reported, stopping briefly in Cancun airport to speak to media on his way out of Mexico.

Police said he arrived at Terminal E and officers "monitored his movements" through the terminal.

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The tweet included a photo of Cruz walking down the aisle of a plane he was boarding.

On Thursday morning, more than 500,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity, down from about 3 million on Wednesday.

But hours after those assurances, the number of outages in Texas only rose, at one point exceeding 4 million customers.

The Texas senator, who once described Trump as a "pathological liar", championed the-then president's call to block the certification last month of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory. "For the 21st time, the Texas Democratic Party calls on Ted Cruz to resign or be expelled from office". "We must restore ethics, competence, and a government that works for the people", the group said in a statement.

This week's winter storm, that started Sunday, has also pushed Texas' grid system to the limit and resulted in millions being left without power.

Former Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke, who narrowly lost to Cruz in the race to represent the state in the Senate in 2018, spoke out about reports of Cruz's vacation Thursday morning.

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