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Sen. Ted Cruz responded to media backlash after flying with his family to Cancun during the life-threatening Texas winter storm. Cruz said he took the trip to Mexico to “be a good dad” to his daughters who wanted to go on vacation.

“This has been an infuriating week for Texans. The greatest country in the world has been without power,” Cruz said in a statement Feb. 18. The statement included that Cruz lost heat and power like hundreds of thousands of other Texans. 

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“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,” Cruz said.

The senator said he’s in “constant communication” with his staff as well as state and local leaders. He said they will “continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe.”

Cruz arrived in Houston Feb. 18. He tested negative for the coronavirus before entering the state.

The Republican lawmaker received the backlash after pictures emerged on social media of Cruz and his family at the airport Feb. 17 to Cancun. 

Thousands of Texans have been without power, water, and electricity for up to four days after extreme weather overwhelmed the state’s energy grid. At least 24 people have died in the state due to the brutal conditions, and power outages are expected to continue for days.

As videos and pictures continue circulating on Twitter, some are calling  for Sen. Cruz to resign. 

Written ByHaley Weger

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