Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

Trump reportedly responded to Spanish officials' skepticism by saying

Trump reportedly responded to Spanish officials' skepticism by saying"The border with the Sahara can't be bigger than ours with Mexico

El Pais and Europa Press reported this week that Borrell recalled Trump's suggestion during a luncheon in Madrid on Tuesday.

Mr Trump is said to have retorted: "The Sahara border can't be any bigger than our border with Mexico". Trump disagreed, according to Borrell's recollection, adding that "the Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

"We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks", a spokesman for the foreign ministry told the Guardian.

CNN's request for comments from the White House was not responded to.

The Mexico-US border is in fact 1,954 miles (3,145km) long. The Sahara desert stretches for 3,000 miles.




Mr Trump's pledge to build a wall between the United States and Mexico was one of his best-known election promises. Around a dozen countries lie wholly or in part within the Sahara, including Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Egypt, Algeria, Chad and Niger. Mexico has refused and funding for the wall remains mired in Congress amid opposition from Democrats.

Since the start of 2018, more than 38,000 migrants have arrived in Spain, mostly by sea.

The left-wing government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, in power since June, has attempted to welcome the new arrivals - accepting migrant rescue boats such as the MV Aquarius after Italy rejected them.

The enclaves, which lie on the Mediterranean coast, have always been popular transit points for sub-Saharan African migrants.

Spain's politicians have agreed a solution needs to be found to deal with the migration crisis, with Africa's population set to double in the next 20 years. Last month, several hundred migrants stormed a border fence to enter Ceuta, leaving more than 150 people injured.

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