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

Donald Trump and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell

El Pais and Europa Press reported this week that Borrell recalled Trump's suggestion during a luncheon in Madrid on Tuesday.

However, if Spain was to build a wall as suggested by Mr Trump, it would be complicated by the fact that it would have to be built on foreign territory. Trump disagreed, according to Borrell's recollection, adding that "the Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

The Spanish government has not yet commented on Trump's suggestion, but, a spokesman for the foreign ministry confirmed the foreign minister's remarks about the conversation, but said, "We won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks".

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The length of the US-Mexico border is less than 2,000 miles compared to the Sahara that runs for around 3,000 miles. Spain is not one of them, so any wall would have to be built entirely on other nations' land.

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

Spain has been battling a migration crisis.

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

But Mexico has told the president flat-out it will not send any money to pay for it, and the US Congress is also refusing to spend more money on it.

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.

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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. Altogether, around 77,500 migrants have reached Europe by sea illegally so far this year, according to the IMO.

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