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

Sen. Ted Cruz R-Texas in Capitol Hill last month. Stefani Reynolds Pool via AP

It was unclear when the photos were taken and Cruz's Senate office did not respond to multiple queries.

"With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends".

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.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) carries his luggage at the Cancun International Airport before boarding his plane back to the U.S., in Cancun, Mexico February 18, 2021.

The Houston Police Department confirmed to ABC News that Cruz's staff contacted police personnel on Wednesday requesting assistance upon the senator's arrival at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, though they did not specify what type of assistance. She said officers "monitored his movements" while Cruz was at the airport.

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

Meanwhile, Punchbowl News reported Thursday that a person appearing to be Cruz is ticketed for a flight from Cancun to Houston later Thursday.

Among the criticisms of Cruz's trip issued by the Twitter account of the Texas Democratic Party were calls for him to resign.

Meanwhile, former congressman Beto O'Rourke, Cruz's Democratic challenger in the 2018 election, organized check-in calls with elderly Texans potentially affected by the blackouts. "We must restore ethics, competence, and a government that works for the people", the group said in a statement. "I got no defense".

Cruz has been posting updates on storm conditions from the weather service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency in recent days, and in a tweet Wednesday morning, he encouraged residents to "stay safe" and "continue to follow the warnings and updates provided by state and local officials".

Cruz acknowledged how serious the crisis is in a tweet Tuesday, saying, "A blizzard strikes Texas & our state shuts down".

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

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