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.
'Dr. Biden is traveling, of course, with us to Texas,' Psaki said at her press briefing Thursdsay. 'There are some limitations on space available.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The White House said Ted Cruz isn't welcome on Air Force One when President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden flies to Texas on Friday to see damage from winter storm
'There are some limitations on space available,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, citing COVID restrictions as the reason Senator Cruz couldn't fit on Air Force One
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.
'There are not members,' Psaki said, 'of any party traveling with the president to Texas. But again, he's going to be spending the day traveling with Governor Abbott and surveying the damage on the ground.'
The failure of Texas' power grid during last week's cold snap left more than four million residents without electricity and heat in freezing temperatures.
Many also lost access to water with 14.6 million ordered to boil it before drinking it.
Most residents have had power and water restored although 7.5 million people in 204 counties remained under boil-water orders.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
So far, nearly 80 people have died - including an 11-year-old boy who froze to death - but that number could rise in the weeks ahead. Many lost their lives in house fires or through carbon monoxide poisoning because people were trying to stay warm.
Meanwhile, Senator Cruz found himself in a storm of his own making after being caught flying to Cancun.
After multiple social media users posted pics of him traveling, a chastened Cruz