Controversial US Senator Ted Cruz has denied he is taking advice from Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison on how to handle public criticism of his decision to holiday in Mexico while his home state of Texas is mired in a snowstorm that has cost lives and cut power and other services to millions of homes and businesses.
The Republican Party senator has faced a barrage of criticism for flying out of Texas with his wife and two daughters for a holiday in the sunny beachside Mexican resort centre of Cancun. (main picture)
When confronted by reporters and asked about the criticism Senator Cruz was initially combative.
“I don’t hold a fire hose mate … sorry, a snow shovel. I don’t hold a snow shovel mate…… err pal,” he said while appearing to read from a palm card.
Senator Cruz later announced he was cutting short his holiday.
“I wish to apologise for any offence caused to any of the many Australians …. sorry, I mean Texans affected by the terrible bushfires …. err, snowstorm by my taking leave with family at this time,” he said when announcing he would return to Texas earlier than planned.
After arriving back in Teas, Senator Cruz again spoke to reporters.
“I have returned from leave and I know that [my holiday] has caused some great anxiety in Australia…. I mean Texas,” he said.
“Jenny and I…. I mean Heidi and I acknowledge that,” he said.