WASHINGTON – US Senator Ted Cruz returned to Texas on Thursday and expressed regret over his trip to Cancún, Mexico, after being criticized by Republicans and Democrats for leaving his state distressed under the severe effects of a devastating winter storm.
“See, it was clearly a mistake and come to think of it I wouldn’t have done it,” he said.
Cruz, who is known for doubling down in the face of controversy, felt regret in an interview with the Houston affiliate KTRK in which he acknowledged the severity of the criticism that has come both inside and outside the state.
“I understand why people are upset,” Cruz said. He said that he was trying to make his daughters happy by going with them on the trip but that “leaving when so many Texans were hurting didn’t feel right, and so I changed my return flight and flew back on the first available flight.”
News of Cruz’s trip emerged Wednesday night as pictures of him and his family as they waited at an airport gate with luggage and boarded a plane began circulating on social media.
After Cruz’s Senate office did not respond to repeated requests for comment Thursday, Cruz released a statement explaining his decision to leave the state and said he was returning home Thursday afternoon. He said that it has be an “infuriating week for Texans” and that his family had “lost heat and power, too.”