###

Cruz on flight home to face crisis after Cancun trip backlash

Don't miss

Leones slam Campeche 6-1 in Copa Maya series opener

Signaling the end of the preseason, Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Campeche compete in the Copa Maya.

Near Valladolid, more hotels, shops and tourist attractions

Officials tour Hotel Country Valladolid, a tourist accommodation center with 50 suites. Photo: Courtesy

Merida’s newest taxi company is for animals and the people who love them

Pet Móvil, is offering rides around the city in modified vehicles that allow both pets and their owners to travel in comfort.
Yucatán Magazine
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) checks in Thursday for a flight at Cancun International Airport after a backlash over his Mexican family vacation. Photo: MEGA/GC Images

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz returned to his home state Thursday afternoon after a very quick Cancun trip that was resoundingly condemned by critics.

The family jaunt occurred as millions of Texans were without power and safe drinking water amid a bizarre freeze that has left at least 21 people dead in the southern US.

The Republican confirmed accusations that grew from a social media post showing him flying from Houston. But he said he was just accompanying his pre-teen daughters for the trip down.

“With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon,” Cruz said.

The trip triggered questions about why the senator decided to leave Texas while millions of his constituents are suffering during a massive storm and power failure. As well, public health authorities have cautioned against international travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rates the risk of covid-19 in Mexico at the agency’s highest level of warning. “Travelers should avoid all travel to Mexico,” advises the CDC.

It was not immediately clear whether Cruz cut short his trip amid the furor. Also unknown is whether he was tested for COVID-19 either before the trip or in preparation for today’s flight.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki chided Cruz during a press conference.

“Many people across the state are without power [and] without the resources they need, and we expect that would be the focus of anyone in the state who was elected to represent them,” said Psaki. The Texas Democratic party has called for Cruz’s resignation.

Cruz is expected to land in Houston at 3:47 p.m. local time.

Popular

Its port quiet for over a year, Progreso will welcome Carnival Breeze in July

Progreso will be a rare port of call for Carnival in July.

Comalcalco, the oddball of the Maya world

Archaeology Monday provides historical background, photos and practical information about these ancient marvels and how to get out and enjoy them for yourself. This week we travel far afield to western Tabasco to explore the unique ancient city of Comalcalco.

New Xcaret theme park to open in Yucatán by December

Xibalba park will feature a circuit of eight cenotes connected by an artificial flowing river.

Stranded 3 years in Yucatán, Alejandra Juarez will be home for Mother’s Day

Alejandra Juarez and her husband of 20 years Temo Juarez, an Iraq combat veteran, enjoy a barbecue with friends in April....
- Advertisement -