[/news/ted_cruz/index.html Ted Cruz]'s wife Heidi texted friends in Texas, it has emerged, urging them to join them in escaping the 'FREEZING' weather, in a trip that appears motivated by escaping the cold rather than appeasing their traumatized daughters.
Cruz enraged his state by fleeing in the midst of the worst snow storms to hit in decades, with the power failing for millions, and people left freezing in the subzero temperatures.
At least 24 people are known to have died in Texas.
The Texan had senator blamed his daughters for his ill-advised trip, claiming he was 'just trying to be a dad' and make them happy.
He said they had begged to leave their Houston home, telling Sean Hannity on Thursday night: 'My girls said school's been cancelled, can we take a trip and go somewhere warm.
'And Heidi and I, as parents, we said OK, sure.'
Ted Cruz, speaking at home in Texas on Thursday afternoon, admitted he made a mistake in flying to Cancun amid the storms
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Cruz is shown with his wife Heidi (right) and one of his two daughters (left)
The Ritz Carlton in Cancun where the Cruzes are staying, paying $309 a night at the luxury ocean-front hotel
On Thursday night, Cruz doubled down on the excuse, telling [ ] during an interview at his Houston home: 'They said, 'Look, lets take a trip.
Lets go with some of our friends and lets get out of here and lets go somewhere warm.
'And Heidi and Du lịch Côn Đảo I said ... lets go.'
Asked directly what he was thinking, Cruz replied: 'You question what I was thinking, and ...
I was trying to take care of my family.
'I was trying to take care of my kids. It's unfortunate, the fire storm that came from it. It was not my intention. In saying yes to my daughters to somehow diminish all the Texans that were going through real hardship.'
Yet Heidi's messages home to a group named '(Street name) Lovelies,' for the street they all live on, Du lịch Côn Đảo did not mention their daughters' plight.
The New York Times first reported the text messages, citing a person in the group and the original sender, who confirmed their authenticity.
'Anyone can or want to leave for the week?
she asked her friends, in text messages obtained by American Bridge.
'We may go to Cancun there is a direct flight at 445pm and hotels w capacity.'
<div class="art-ins mol-factbox floatRHS news" data-version="2" id="mol-c97a1cf0-7277-11eb-8c48-dbafd23bee87" website texts contradict Cruz claim to be indulging daughters with trip