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Trump urged Spain to ‘build a wall’ across Sahara, says minister

Trump urged Spain to ‘build a wall’ across Sahara, says minister

"Closing ports is not a solution, and neither is building a wall along the Sahara like President Trump suggested to me recently", Josep Borrell told a lunchtime gathering this week, according to a video released by Spanish media.

According to El País newspaper, Trump argued before a Spanish delegation visiting the White House that "the border with the Sahara can't be longer than ours is with Mexico", to which the Spaniards said it actually would have to be longer by about a half. This is around 1,000 miles longer than the US-Mexico border.

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

Borrell, who was president of the European Parliament between 2004 and 2007, has been critical of anti-immigration sentiment in Europe.

Apparently this isn't the only failed attempt by President Trump to build a wall, however.

Building a wall along the US-Mexico border - and getting Mexico to pay for it - was one of the key policies of Trump's presidential campaign.

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

When asked for more details on Borrell's comments, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry told The Guardian, "We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks".

"They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania". "They have a series of walls, I'm saying, 'It's like ideal.' So, so, we are pushing very hard". The president has repeatedly claimed that construction on the wall is underway, but this is inaccurate.