President Trump Suggested Spain Build Its Own Border Wall Across the Sahara

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2018

Spain's foreign minister revealed that US President Donald Trump suggested building a wall along the Sahara desert to stem the arrival of migrants, as he plans to do on the Mexican border. According to Spanish newspaper, El Pais, Borrell said President Trump told him to "build a wall in the Sahara", before stating that "The border with the Sahara can not be bigger than ours with Mexico".

The comments were made during a visit Mr Borrell made to the United States at the end of June, reports El Pais.

Josep Borrell said the U.S. president dismissed any doubts expressed by Spanish diplomats, who pointed out that the desert stretched for 3,000 miles.

"The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico", he reportedly said, apparently unaware of the size of the desert.

President Trump campaigned on the promise of building a wall on our southern border and having Mexico pay for it.

The Mexico-US border is in fact 1,954 miles (3,145km) long.

Spain is at the frontline of this issue, having overtaken Italy to become the number one point of entry for migrants coming to Europe by sea or by land from Africa. The UN migration agency reports that more than 33,600 migrants and refugees arrived in Spain by sea so far this year, over 43 per cent of all seafaring migrant arrivals to Europe.

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