Senator Ted Cruz, R-TX, will not accompany President Biden to Air Force One during his trip to support recovery efforts and investigate the damage caused by devastating winter weather in Texas, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. in Thursday.
Biden is set to tour the state with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to review ongoing relief operations following low temperatures that have left millions without electricity or heat. Presidents often invite senators to travel with them from Washington on trips to their home states.
Neither Senator John Cornin nor Cruz, who have faced intense criticism of a family vacation in Cancun, Mexico, in the midst of the Texas power crisis, will travel with Biden. Asked about the situation, Psaki cited Air Force One̵
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“Dr. Biden is traveling with us, of course, to Texas,” Psaki said, referring to the First Lady. “There are some limitations in available space, so there are no members, I don’t believe any party traveling with the president to Texas. But again, he will spend the day traveling with Governor Abbott and researching the damage to the ground.”
Psaki added that he would “check again” whether Cruz would join Biden at some point during the trip.
“I am not aware of their plans to take part in the events tomorrow.”
Last week, Cruz faced calls to resign after social media posts revealed that he and his family were boarding a plane to Mexico amid major power outages. In a leaked text message, Cruz’s wife, Heidi, invited neighbors to join the family at a resort in Cancun for a multi-day stay.
The senator flew back to his home state within 24 hours amid growing protests.
Cruz later said the trip was “obviously a mistake” and noted that he planned to work remotely.
“Looking back, I wouldn’t do it,” Cruz told reporters upon his return. “I was trying to be a dad and we all made decisions when you have two girls who have been cold for two days and haven’t had the heat or energy and they say, ‘Hey, look, we don’t have’ no school, let’s get out of here.”
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“I think there are a lot of parents who would say, ‘If I could do this, great.’ That’s what I wanted to do. Like I said, really from the moment I got on the plane, I really started guessing that decision. “
As Biden travels to Texas, Cruz will address the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Friday. Cruz’s speech was entitled “Bill for Rights, Freedom and the Abolition of Culture.”