Donald Trump urged Spain to build a wall along the Sahara desert

Donald Trump urged Spain to build a wall along the Sahara desert

Donald Trump urged Spain to build a wall along 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.

Spain also has no border with the Sahara, meaning it would have to build the barrier on foreign land.

The conversation between the two politicians is believed to have taken place when Mr Borrell visited the States with the king and queen of Spain in June.

Trump's call for a wall on the southern border - which he repeatedly insisted that Mexico would pay for - was a hallmark of his presidential campaign, with "Build the Wall!" chants still breaking out at his frequent "MAGA" rallies.

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

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"The border with the Sahara can not be bigger than ours with Mexico", the president reportedly told Mr Borrell.

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

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

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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