Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

President Trump told Spain's foreign minister that he had a sure-fire plan to prevent asylum seekers from Africa from flooding European shores - build a wall in the Sahara desert.

Foreign minister Josep Borrell revealed that Trump urged Spain to adopt a solution similar to his own signature campaign proposal, reported El País.

The comments were made during a visit Mr Borrell made to the USA at the end of June, reports El Pais.

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Trump is thought to have made the suggestion in June when Borrell accompanied Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia on an official trip to the White House.

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A total of 33,611 migrants have arrived in Spain by sea so far this year, according to figures released this week by the International Organisation for Migration.

The country does possess two small territories in Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, but these are situated on the northern coast of the continent - well away from the Sahara desert, which stretches across almost a dozen countries. Trump disagreed, according to Borrell's recollection, adding that "the Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

Borrell told his audience that he wasn't in favour of adopting Italy's hardline stance, but said he was concerned about European societies' capacity to absorb a high number of migrants, "especially if they are Muslims".

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