Trump urged Spain to 'build a wall' across Sahara, says minister

Nellie Chapman
September 20, 2018

President Trump told Spain's foreign minister that he had a sure-fire plan to prevent asylum seekers from Africa from flooding European shores - build a wall in the Sahara desert.

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

The Guardian reports that Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell relayed Trump's remarks to attendees at a luncheon in Madrid.

While the date of Trump's suggestion was not noted, it is believed that it took place during Borrell's trip to the United States in June of this year.

The length of the US-Mexico border is less than 2,000 miles compared to the Sahara that runs for around 3,000 miles.

Spain does not share a border with the Sahara.

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"The border with the Sahara cannot be bigger than ours with Mexico", Trump argued.

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

Since January of this year, 35,000 migrants arrived in Spain, the highest number received by any European Union country.

However, if Spain was to build a wall as suggested by Mr Trump, it would be complicated by the fact that it would have to be built on foreign territory.

Spain has no sovereignty over the Sahara, but it does possess two small enclaves on the north African coast, Ceuta and Melilla, separated from Morocco by controversial wire fences.

Earlier this month, Trump said he was considering taking drastic military measures to build the wall instead of relying on Congress.

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