Sen. Ted Cruz now claims it was “obviously a mistake” to escape Texas for Cancun as his home state reels from catastrophic power outages and deadly winter weather.

Amid blistering criticism, Cruz cut his trip to the Mexican resort short by two days, according to the Dallas Morning News. He returned to Houston Thursday night where he was greeted by a police escort as some 500,000 Texas remained in the dark and about 7 million people were under a boil water advisory.

In a statement released during the day, the Republican blamed the getaway on his young daughters, saying he was only chaperoning them to Mexico. After touching down in the US, he apologized for the tone-deaf trip, but doubled down on his parenting skills.