Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

US President Donald Trump has advised Spain to build a wall across the Sahara desert to keep out migrants, according to the Spanish foreign minister.

Spanish foreign minister Josep Borrell revealed he had spoken to the president back in June about the crisis.

"The border with the Sahara can't be longer than ours is with Mexico", the United States president is said to have declared, referring to the ease with which Spain can build the suggested wall.

The U.S. -Mexico border is approximately 2,000 miles wide.

When Spanish diplomats told Trump building a wall across the Sahara desert would be no easy feat the president said, "The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

Beyond the sheer size of the Sahara, the other challenge to building such a wall is the fact Spain would need permission to do so from the African countries the massive desert stretches across.

Trump and his wall promise has sparked a concern since his USA election campaign in 2016.

In June, Trump received global backlash when the USA government separated migrating children from parents, some asylum seekers after crossing the border. "We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks", said a spokesman for the foreign ministry.

Figures released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) earlier this year showed Spain has overtaken Italy as the most popular choice for migrants attempting to get to Europe by sea.

Spain has found itself at the forefront of Europe's migration crisis.

Borrell made it clear he disagreed with the plan, although Spain has built 20-foot walls topped with razor wire around its African territories of Melilla and Ceuta.

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