Dem lawmaker jokes: I'll support Trump's border wall 'if Russia pays for it'
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California Rep. Ted Lieu (D) is mocking requests for funding President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump goes after Cassidy after saying he wouldn't support him for president in 2024 Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Agencies sound alarm over ransomware targeting agriculture groups MORE's proposed border wall with Mexico, saying the only way he'd even support a border wall it is "if Russia pays for it."

"The only way I will vote to fund the stupid border wall idea of [Donald Trump] is if Russia pays for it," Lieu tweeted.



While campaigning, Trump repeatedly said that Mexico would pay for his proposed border wall. Mexico has said it would not foot the bill for such a wall.


Earlier this year Trump submitted a supplemental budget to Congress that requested roughly $1.5 billion to help build the border wall.  

Lieu's remark came after Trump's budget chief Mick Mulvaney said Friday that the White House was offering Democrats money for key ObamaCare payments in exchange for funding for the president's proposed border wall.

Mulvaney said during a Bloomberg Live interview that the Trump administration would offer $1 in insurance company reimbursements known as cost-sharing reduction (CSR) for every $1 in funding for the wall.

The ObamaCare payments offset costs for insurers who cover its low-income enrollees.