Senator Ted Cruz landed in Texas Thursday afternoon with an armed police escort amid his 24-hour trip to Mexico during a catastrophic storm in the Lone Star State.
Republican lawmakers chatted on a 37-second clip on CNN with two police officers escorting him from his flight and through customs at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
The former GOP president sparked a political vortex on Wednesday evening when he was photographed aboard a flight to Cancun as millions of Texans prepared for their fourth day without electricity or clean drinking water.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Cruz said he was only guarding his daughters, ages 12 and 10, on a flight and going back to the United States.
“This has been an angry week for Texans,” wrote Cruz.
“The largest state in the largest country in the world was without power. We have food pipes, gas pipes, and people sleeping in the neighbors’ house. Our houses are freezing and our lights are out. Like millions of Texans, our family has lost heat and electricity, ”he wrote.
Senator Ted Cruz seen at the airport on February 18, 2021. Twitter
“Since school was canceled for that week, our girls asked to go on a trip with friends. To be a good dad I flew with them last night and I’m flying back this afternoon. My employees and I are in constant communication with state and local executives to investigate what is happening in Texas, ”he added.
“We want our electricity back, our water on and our home warm. My team and I will continue to use all of our resources to keep Texans up to date and safe. “
The strong storm brought freezing temperatures that devastated the state’s power grid, leaving more than 3.4 million people without electricity on Wednesday.
At least 30 people have died, including a woman and a young girl, who suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning while sitting in an attached garage while a car was running because there was no heat in their home.
Texans had to settle in furniture stores and thermal shelters while at least two Austin hospitals were evacuated after losing running water.
On Thursday, 500,000 people were left without electricity when Republican Governor Greg Abbott ordered 7 million people – roughly a quarter of the state’s population – to boil their water before drinking it.
Mary Kay Hoffman holds a sign as she waits for Senator Ted Cruz to arrive back in Houston on February 18, 2021.AP