Trump Underestimates Sahara: Just 'Build a Wall!' to Block Migrants

Trump suggested Sahara wall to stem migrants Madrid

Trump suggested that the Spanish government should follow his policies regarding migration and build a wall across the Sahara desert.

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", according to Borrell.

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

An audio file obtained by CNN noted that the minister impersonated Trump's voice as he said: "You need to build a wall around the Sahara", referring to Trump's statement.

El Pais and Europa Press reported this week that Borrell recalled Trump's suggestion during a luncheon in Madrid on Tuesday. Borrell had accompanied Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House in June.

Mr Borrell recounted his conversation with the USA president at a lunch event in Madrid this week.

It would be similar to Trump's planned wall across the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration.




He insisted the United States border with Mexico was wider than the Sahara desert.

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.

A spokesman for the Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed to Borrell's comments to CNN but said the ministry had no further comment in relation to the minister's remarks.

According to above-linked report, more than 33,000 migrants and refugees have reached Spain by sea this year.

Spain has experienced a surge in migration, particularly over the past year as thousands of people attempt to make the unsafe journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe.

Spain has now overtaken Italy and Greece as the most popular destination for migrants.

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