Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, won’t accompany President Biden on Air Pressure One throughout his journey to help with restoration efforts and survey harm associated to harmful winter climate situations in Texas, White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki mentioned Thursday.
Biden is about to tour the state with Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott to assessment ongoing reduction operations following subfreezing temperatures that left thousands and thousands of residents with out energy or warmth. Presidents usually invite senators to journey with them from Washington D.C. throughout journeys to their dwelling states.
Neither Sen. John Cornyn nor Cruz, who confronted intense criticism for taking a household trip to Cancun, Mexico, on the top of Texas’ energy disaster, will journey with Biden. When requested in regards to the state of affairs, Psaki cited area limitations on Air Pressure One.
“Dr. Biden is touring, in fact, with us to Texas,” Psaki mentioned, referencing the First Girl. “There are some limitations on area obtainable, so there aren’t members, I don’t consider, of any celebration touring with the president to Texas. However once more, he’s going to be spending the day touring with Gov. Abbott and surveying the harm on the bottom.”
Psaki added that she would “double-check” on whether or not Cruz would be part of Biden sooner or later throughout the journey.
“I’m not conscious of their plans to take part within the occasions tomorrow.”
Final week, Cruz confronted calls to resign after posts circulated on social media confirmed him and members of the family boarding a aircraft to Mexico amid the sweeping energy outages. In leaked textual content messages, Cruz’s spouse, Heidi, invited neighbors to hitch the household at a Cancun resort for a multi-day keep.
The senator flew again to his dwelling state inside 24 hours amid a mounting outcry.
Cruz later mentioned the journey was “clearly a mistake” and famous that he had deliberate to work remotely.
“In hindsight, I wouldn’t have accomplished it,” Cruz instructed reporters upon his return. “I used to be attempting to be a dad, and all of us have made choices, when you’ve two women who’ve been chilly for 2 days and haven’t had warmth or energy they usually’re saying, ‘Hey look, we don’t have college, let’s get out of right here.’
“I feel there are a whole lot of mother and father that may be like, ‘If I can do that, nice.’ That’s what I wished to do. As I mentioned, actually from the second I sat on the aircraft, I started actually second-guessing that call.”
Whereas Biden travels to Texas, Cruz is slated to ship a speech on the Conservative Political Motion Convention in Orlando, Florida, on Friday. Cruz’s speech is entitled, “Invoice of Rights, Liberty, and Cancel Tradition.”