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Cruz pokes fun at Cancun controversy at CPAC

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel deadlocks over Biden pick to lead DOJ civil rights division Yang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct CNN asks Carol Baskin to comment on loose Texas tiger MORE (R-Texas) poked fun at his controversial trip to Cancun during his appearance Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Opening his speech, Cruz owned the recent controversy surrounding his trip to Cancun as millions of Texans were left without power during a deadly winter storm.

“I gotta say, Orlando is awesome! It's not as nice as Cancun, but it's nice,” Cruz told the crowd. CPAC is being held in the Florida city this year instead of the Washington, D.C., area.

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Cruz found himself the subject of controversy last week after photos emerged of him boarding a flight to Mexico. The Texas senator said he had been accompanying his daughters on the trip to Cancun. 

Upon returning to Houston, Cruz admitted to reporters that taking the trip was a mistake.

Cruz was reportedly pranked at the Senate gym for his trip, according to NBC News. Lockers were lined with memes showing Cruz returning to the Houston airport dressed in casual attire.

Residents of Texas suffered through power outages and water shortages last week due to the severe winter storm.

President BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE is traveling to Texas on Friday and is meeting with elected officials to discuss the winter storm and accompanying problems.