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

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

Donald Trump allegedly raised the idea of building a massive wall across the Sahara Desert in Africa to prevent migrants from getting to Europe.

Josep Borrell, also a former President of the European Parliament, disagreed with the strategy.

Mr Trump is said to have cited his own project to construct a divide with Mexico, which is yet to get off the ground itself, to stop illegal migrants from crossing the border into the US.

Trump met with Borrell when the Spanish king and queen visited the U.S. this summer.

When Spanish officials told Trump the desert was 3,000 miles wide, Borrell said he replied: "The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

The world's biggest desert stretches 3,000 miles across several worldwide borders in North Africa - including the Morocco/Algeria border.

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

His comments were widely reported in Spanish media.

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

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.

Mr Borrell says that he personally heard the president make the remarks during a meeting with King Felipe and Queen Letizia at the White House in June.

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

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