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- President Joe Biden is heading to Texas on Friday to survey storm recovery efforts.
- But he won't be meeting with either Sens. Cruz or Cornyn.
- Cruz will be giving a speech on cancel culture at CPAC that day instead.
President Joe Biden heads to Texas on Friday to tour some of the hardest hit areas of the state, but while he's there, he won't be meeting with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
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The Texas Republican appeared to be flying to Cancun, Mexico, for a family vacation on Wednesday, while millions of Texans are without heat and water due to severe winter weather. © Greg Nash/Getty Sen, Ted Cruz (R-TX) was criticized Thursday after photos appeared to show him traveling to Mexico during an ongoing winter crisis in Texas. Here, Cruz speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2021.
That's because Cruz has a speaking engagement that day at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. He'll be giving a speech entitledCancel culture appears to be a major theme of the conference; former President Donald Trump will give a speech on Sunday entitled "America Uncancelled."
Though it's typical for senators to travel with the president when visiting their states, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that there were "limitations on space" on Air Force One, making it impossible for Cruz or his fellow GOPto join. Instead, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will accompany the president.
"There are some limitations on space available, so there are not members, I don't believe, of any party traveling with the president to Texas," Psaki told reporters, noting that First Lady Dr. Jill Biden would be joining the president on his trip. "But again, he's going to be spending the day traveling with Gov. Abbott and surveying the damage on the ground."
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The Texas senator has faced a backlash after being photographed flying to Mexico amid the crisis in his home state.Photos of the prominent Republican heading to Mexico with his family went viral amid the ongoing problems posed by the winter storm in Texas. Cruz did not immediately confirm whether it was him traveling despite the mounting backlash during his silence.
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According to Psaki, Biden will "meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm, relief efforts, progress toward recovery, and the incredible resilience shown by the people of Houston and Texas."
Some have speculated that Cruz was left off Biden's travel plan because of the senator's.
Cruz angered many last week when he was spotted heading to Cancun amid one of the. Many accused the senator of abandoning his constituents, and Cruz later admitted the trip was
The White House has not directly commented on Cruz's behavior, thoughthat "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."
Insider has reached out to both Cruz and Cornyn's offices for comment.
Skedaddle excuses say much about character of 'Cancun Cruz' .
His attitude toward federal government disaster relief varies with who gets aid. Between 2013 and 2017, when President Obama was president, Cruz voted against five supplementary disaster assistance bills. In 2013, he maintained, falsely, that "two-thirds of what was spent" on Hurricane Sandy, much of it earmarked for New York and New Jersey, "had little to do" with addressing the disaster.In 2017, however, Cruz supported federal legislation to help Texans ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.