Sen. Ted Cruz Shuts Down Reporter Asking Him to Put on His Mask: ‘You’re Welcome to Step Away if You’d Like’ (video)

(Daily Caller) Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz denied a request from a reporter to wear a mask during a press conference on Wednesday, and informed the reporter that they could “step back,” if they had a problem.

A reporter can be heard in the background asking Cruz if he would “mind putting on a mask,” for them, to which the senator denies the request by pointing out that as he is speaking directly into the camera, he will not wear a mask.

“All of us have been immunized,” Cruz points out to the reporter.

Cruz was speaking at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., where the senator discussed an upcoming Congressional Delegation trip to the southern border on Friday in order to witness firsthand what the ongoing immigration situation is like, according to KHOU 11.

“You’re welcome to step away if you’d like,” Cruz points outs after the reporter tells him that if would make the crowd feel better if he wore his mask around them.

“The whole point of a vaccine — CDC guidance is what we’re following,” Cruz adds.