Trump Underestimates Sahara: Just 'Build a Wall!' to Block Migrants

Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert

President Trump suggested that Spain could solve Europe's migrant crisis by building a wall across the Sahara, its foreign minister has claimed.

"The border with the Sahara can not be bigger than our border with Mexico", the President is reported to have said.

The United States' border with Mexico spans almost 2,000 miles, while the 3.5 million-square-mile Sahara is about 3,000 miles long and stretches across almost a dozen North African countries.

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".

The world's biggest desert stretches 3,000 miles across several worldwide borders in North Africa - including the Morocco/Algeria border. Borrell had accompanied Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia to the White House in June.

Borrell revealed Trump's comments at a lunch event in Madrid this week.

In June, Trump received global backlash when the USA government separated migrating children from parents, some asylum seekers after crossing the border.

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In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018 photo provided by Liberian Ju Dennis, fellow migrants being expelled from Algeria lie in a truck headed towards the Niger border at Point Zero, from which they must walk south into the Sahara Desert towards the Nigerien border post of Assamaka.

Although he declined further comments on the issue, a spokesman for the Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed Borrell's comments to CNN.

Trump campaigned for president on the promise that he would wall off Mexico to stop illegal immigrants entering the US.

Spain has no sovereignty over the Sahara, but it does possess two small enclaves on the north African coast, Ceuta and Melilla, separated from Morocco by controversial wire fences.

Spain has now overtaken Italy and Greece as the most popular destination for migrants.

Spain has found itself at the forefront of Europe's migration crisis.

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