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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to reporters in the Senate subway during a break in the fifth day of the Senates second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 55-45 Saturday to accept testimony from witnesses as part of the impeachment trial but later came to an agreement to allow more evidence to be entered into the record instead. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says his family vacation to Mexico was “obviously a mistake” as he returned stateside following an uproar over his disappearance during a deadly winter storm. The Republican senator said he began second-guessing the trip since the moment he first got on the plane Wednesday. He said, “In hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it.” The Associated Press and other media outlets reported that he had traveled out of the country as hundreds of thousands of Texans were still grappling with the fallout of a winter storm that crippled the state’s power grid. The trip drew criticism from leaders in both parties.