As first responders struggled to keep up with Texas’ unfolding power and water crisis, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s office asked Houston police to divert resources for a security detail at the airport ahead of his family trip to Cancun, the department confirmed on Thursday afternoon.
“The Houston Police Department (HPD) can confirm that a member of Senator Cruz’s staff contacted HPD personnel at IAH on Wednesday afternoon, February 17th, and requested assistance upon the Senator’s arrival at the airport,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement.
“Upon Senator Cruz’s arrival at Terminal E, HPD officers monitored his movements through the terminal,” he added.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) February 18, 2021
Cruz defended the jaunt as merely an overnight trip to chaperone his kids who wanted to vacation with friends, explaining it away as him “wanting to be a good dad.”
“People are gonna say what they’re gonna say. I’m a dad, and I was trying to be a good dad and take care of my kids. I’m also a senator, and working hard to fight for the state of Texas each and every day, and I’ll keep doing that,” Cruz said upon arrival in Houston.
The Texas Republican said in the statement that he flew down for a night because his daughters “asked to take a trip with friends.”
“With school cancelled 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,” he said in the statement, CNN reported.
“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas. We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm. My team and I will continue using all our resources to keep Texans informed and safe,” he added.
Acevedo did not get into the issue of resources being diverted for Cruz’s security detail, but he did comment further on the matter after the department released its statement.
“While we are not aware of any request from Senator Cruz’s staff for assistance regarding his return, his arrival will more than likely turn into a media circus, so @houstonpolice will be monitoring the situation,” the chief tweeted.
While we are not aware of any request from Senator Cruz’s staff for assistance regarding his return, his arrival will more than likely turn into a media circus, so @houstonpolice will be monitoring the situation. https://t.co/ERAVPoM79D
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) February 18, 2021