Sen. Ted Cruz under fire for vacation amid Texas storm

The Texas senator acknowledged that he traveled to Mexico for a family vacation this week as his state struggled with a powerful winter storm that left many without power.
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there's now a backlash after Texas senator Ted Cruz left his state in the middle of this emergency to go on vacation in cancun. The images were everywhere today, showing the Texas senator with his family boarding that flight to Mexico. The senator's team even asking Houston police in the middle of the emergency to help escort the senator at the Houston airport. Senator Cruz is now returning home tonight. How he's explaining himself and ABC's Trevor Ault from Houston tonight. Reporter: With Texas reeling and millions of his constituents without power or water, Texas senator Ted Cruz jetted off to sunny cancun with his family. Cameras catching him at the airport, those pictures making headlines in his storm-ravaged state. Senator Ted Cruz made time for a family vacation in the middle of our state's historic winter storm. This is quite maddening. Yeah. Upsetting, as you said earlier. Cruz in cancun while we're dealing with this mess. Reporter: Just Monday, Cruz warned his fellow Texans a dangerous storm was coming. Even urging them to stay home. We could see up to 100 people lose their lives this week in Texas so don't risk it. Keep your family safe and just stay home. Reporter: Of course, the senator didn't stay home himself. Two days later, he was off to Mexico. The Houston police department, grappling with the natural disaster, say as member of the Cruz team called in, quote, requested assistance for the senator at the airport. Meanwhile, in galveston, Randall hall was shiver, inside his house at just 42 degrees. It appears that yesterday senator Ted Cruz flew to cancun. How do you feel about that? He can stay there, actually. Reporter: Yeah? You don't need him back? We don't need him back in Houston or in the U.S. Senate, no. Reporter: Today, Democrats like the mayor of Houston were unsparing. Well, certainly much warmer where he's going, let me just put it like that. Reporter: And the Republican governor was at a loss for words. Candidly, I haven't been following people's vacation plans. We've been working literally all night. Reporter: It took hours for the Cruz team to acknowledge he had flown to cancun. The senator saying in a statement, 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. Late today, cameras caught Cruz pulling a suitcase through cancun international airport heading home. Yesterday, my daughters asked if they could take a trip with some friends and Heidi and I agreed so I flew down with them last night, dropped them off here and I'm headed back to Texas and back continuing to work to try to get the power on. So, let's get to Trevor Ault live in Houston tonight. Trevor, you reported there senator Cruz in his statement appearing to put this on his young daughters, saying they asked for this vacation, that he was dropping them off in cancun. But tonight, there are reports that the senator initially planned to return not today, but this weekend. Reporter: Well, that's right, senator Cruz was reportedly originally booked to return home from Mexico on Saturday and it wasn't until about 7:00 this morning, as news of those airport photos started gaining steam, that Cruz moved up his return flight to today.

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