Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

"Closing the ports is not a solution, as neither is it a solution to build a wall across the Sahara, as President Trump suggested to me recently", Borrell said at a lunch in Madrid on Tuesday.

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 US-Mexico border is 1,954 miles (3,145 km) long.

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". His comments were widely reported in Spanish media.

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

The border issue was also a concern in the United 2026 World Cup joint bid between the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Borrell made it clear he disagreed with the plan, although Spain has built 20-foot walls topped with razor wire around its African territories of Melilla and Ceuta.

The Spanish foreign ministry did not immediately respond to Euronews' requests for comment, however, a spokesperson confirmed to The Guardian that the minister made the remarks.

According to the International Organization for Migration, more that 33,000 people have arrived in Spain via the western Mediterranean in 2018 - three times as many as in the same period previous year.

Spain has seen rising numbers of migrants and refugees arrive on its shores in recent months, the result of a crackdown on a central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy.

Mr Trump's pledge to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico was one of his best-known election promises.

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