According to a report published by The Washington Post on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz traveled to Jamaica last year for the Fourth of July, in violation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines at the time that recommended Americans avoid nonessential international travel due to the risk of coronavirus transmission during the pandemic.
Citing sources close to the Texas senator, The Post reported that Cruz was visiting a friend from college.
The news came as the Republican lawmaker is facing criticism for flying to Cancun for a luxury vacation as his home state of Texas grapples with severe winter storms.
Cruz was spotted Wednesday flying from Houston to Cancun, before returning home the following day amid outrage. While speaking to reporters outside his home, Cruz expressed regret for the decision to go.
“It was obviously a mistake and in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it,” Cruz told reporters, saying that it wasn’t his intention to diminish “the suffering and hardship other Texans had experienced.”
The cold front in Texas left millions without power or clean drinking water for days, though as of Thursday many households had had their power restored.
Cruz’s office did not immediately respond to Daily Boulder’s request for comment.