Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump 'told Spain to build wall through Sahara' to stop migrants

Trump 'told Spain to build wall through Sahara' to stop migrants

Spain's foreign minister says President Trump offered the Spanish government some very Trumpian advice on dealing with an influx of cross-Mediterranean migrants.

Josep Borrell said the USA president dismissed any doubts expressed by Spanish diplomats, who pointed out that the desert stretched for 3,000 miles.

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".

Trump vowed that he would build a "big lovely wall" across the US-Mexico border, which is 2,000 miles long.

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. The Sahara desert stretches for 3,000 miles.

Trump was elected in 2016 having campaigned on a promise to build a wall along the United States' southern border, which he said Mexico would pay for.

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Spain has been battling a migration crisis.

Mr Borrell told the story at a lunch event in Madrid this week, in comments that were widely reported by the Spanish media.

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

It seems Trump struggles to avoid discussing his desired border wall in nearly any context, and on Tuesday said a recent visit to a 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania gave him more inspiration for his vision. In an interview with the right wing news outlet The Hill, the president said his visit on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to the "gorgeous" Flight 93 memorial wall (image above) inspired him to push even harder. I made the speech. "They have a series of walls, I'm saying, 'It's like ideal.' So, so, we are pushing very hard".

It would be similar to Trump's planned wall across the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration. The president has repeatedly claimed that construction on the wall is underway, but this is inaccurate.

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