White House says Ted Cruz not welcome on Air Force 1 for Biden trip to Texas
The White House trolled Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday, saying he wasn’t welcome on Air Force One when President Joe Biden travels to Texas because of coronavirus restrictions.
Biden heads to Texas on Friday to visit the state in the aftermath of a winter storm that left at least 80 people dead and millions without water or power.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that because Dr. Jill Biden is joining her husband on the trip and because of social distancing requirements of COVID, neither Cruz nor fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn would be on the trip.
It’s a tradition to invite home state senators on presidential trips of these types even if they are of the opposite party. Cruz and Cornyn are both Republicans.
Cruz came under fire last week for flying to Cancun with his family as residents of his state suffered from the cold, many without heat or water. The senator flew back to Texas the next day – after social media users posted pics of him traveling to the Mexican hot spot – and said he regretted making the journey.
Psaki said because of that no members of Congress would join the president on Friday’s trip. Biden is spending the day in Houston where he will tour damage with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and also visit a COVID vaccination center