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

Trump reportedly responded to Spanish officials' skepticism by saying

USA president Donald Trump has urged the Spanish government to tackle the Mediterranean migration crisis by building a wall across the Sahara desert, Spain's foreign minister has said.

The Guardian reports that Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell relayed Trump's remarks to attendees at a luncheon in Madrid.

When diplomats pointed out the Sahara is nearly 3,000 miles long (4,800km) Trump insisted: "The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

Trump vowed that he would build a "big handsome wall" across the US-Mexico border, which is 2,000 miles long. Most estimates for the Sahara put it at about 3,000 miles long from east to west. Borrell had accompanied Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House in June.

That figure represents 43% of all irregular arrivals via the Mediterranean this year, the IOM said - putting Spain ahead of Italy and Greece, also popular destinations for migrants arriving by sea.

Mr Trump won the 2016 U.S. presidential election partly by promising to build a wall across the 2,000-mile border with Mexico...

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

Immigration is a contentious issue in Spain, as in many countries in Europe. 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. Shanksville. And I was there.

"They have a series of walls, I'm saying, it's like ideal". The president has repeatedly claimed that construction on the wall is underway, but this is inaccurate.

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