Ted Cruz requested police assistance at airport as viral photos showed him flying to Cancun amid winter storm

Ted Cruz requested police assistance at airport as viral photos showed him flying to Cancun amid winter storm


Ted Cruz requested police assistance at airport as viral photos showed him flying to Cancun amid winter storm

Ted Cruz requested police assistance at airport as viral photos showed him flying to Cancun amid winter storm

As a historic winter storm gripped Texas and left millions of residents without power, Senator Ted Cruz was reportedly fleeing the state for a sunny getaway in Cancun, Mexico with his wife — thanks to some help from the local police department. 

The Houston Police Department has confirmed it supplied personnel assistance to monitor the senator’s movements as he went through security at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport on Wednesday, after viral photos showed Mr Cruz and his wife apparently boarding a plane to the nation’s southernmost ally. 

But he was not headed to Mexico for work-related reasons, as the New York Times and other various news outlets verified the viral claims and cited anonymous sources that said the Cruz family had a long-planned trip booked for Cancun, which they said just happened to arrive in midst of the deadly and unprecedented winter storm. 

The Houston Police Department first told ABC News it assisted the senator during his travels through the Texas airport on Wednesday, as millions remains without power and heat, and later sent a statement that said the senator’s staff had “contacted HPD personnel at IAH on Wednesday … and requested assistance upon the Senator’s arrival at the airport.”

The statement continued: “HPD officers monitored his movements through the terminal.”

The request from Mr Cruz’s office came as police department personnel were simultaneously responding to reports of at least 21 deaths and severe conditions caused by the storm.

The Associated Press and several outlets had reported by Thursday that Mr Cruz had left the state for Mexico, effectively confirming photos that showed him wearing a mask as he boarded a flight during the storm.

The Houston Police Department did not immediately return requests for comment. Mr Cruz’s Senate offices also did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

It is not unordinary for senators and other prominent figures to request police department personnel assistance while traveling. However, many lawmakers also travel without security assistance when going through airports and other major transportation hubs. It’s unclear what prompted the senator’s office to request the assistance from HPD on Wednesday.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.


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