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

Josep Borrell, also a former President of the European Parliament, disagreed with the strategy.

While the date of Trump's suggestion was not noted, it is believed that it took place during Borrell's trip to the United States in June of this year.

Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the Sahara desert to solve Europe's migration crisis, a Spanish politician has claimed.

The US-Mexico border is 1,954 miles (3,145 km) long.

The world's biggest desert stretches 3,000 miles across several worldwide borders in North Africa - including the Morocco/Algeria border.

Mr Trump is said to have cited his own project to construct a divide with Mexico, which is yet to get off the ground itself, to stop illegal migrants from crossing the border into the US.

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

A similar plan in the Sahara, however, would be complicated by the fact that Spain holds only two small enclaves in north Africa - Ceuta and Melilla - and such a wall would have to be built on foreign territory.

Migrants have increasingly been looking to Spain after being shunned by Italy's populist government, which has worked to clamp down on refugees, going so far as to shut its ports to migrant rescue ships.

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.