Donald Trump's Idea For Sahara Desert Border Wall Gets Demolished

Geraldine Edwards
September 21, 2018

He revealed Mr Trump's suggestion during a lunch meeting in Madrid this week.

"'Just build a wall that borders the Sahara'", he quoted Trump as telling him.

According to Borrell, Trump brushed off concerns about the plan's feasibility, claiming that "the Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

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Borrell continued: "Well, yes, it is way bigger than the border with Mexico, and in any case it wouldn't be very useful to do that". "We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks", said a spokesman for the foreign ministry.

The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment.

The US-Mexico border is a little under 2,000 miles long. Most estimates for the Sahara put it at about 3,000 miles long from east to west. The desert spreads over parts of 11 countries: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.

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During his campaign, Trump had promised to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico and force the Mexican government to pay for it. Mexico has refused and funding for the wall remains mired in Congress amid opposition from Democrats.

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Spain has experienced a surge in migration, particularly over the past year as thousands of people attempt to make the unsafe journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe. Spain has two enclaves - the cities of Ceuta and Melilla - on the North African coast. Altogether, around 77,500 migrants have reached Europe by sea illegally so far this year, according to the IMO.

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