Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump to Spain: Build a wall to keep out asylum seekers

Trump to Spain: Build a wall to keep out asylum seekers

Donald Trump allegedly raised the idea of building a massive wall across the Sahara Desert in Africa to prevent migrants from getting to Europe.

The wall was one of Mr Trump's dominant campaign promises, but few believe building it along 2,000 miles of the U.S. border is realistic or feasible.

Trump is thought to have made the suggestion in June when Borrell accompanied Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia on an official trip to the White House. Apparently this isn't the only failed attempt by President Trump to build a wall, however.

According to Josep Borrell, the president wants the European Union member country to emulating his infamous Mexico border policy.

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Borrell said that he did not support a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico and that Spanish diplomats had told Trump that the situation was considerably different in scale anyway.

Borrell revealed Trump's comments at a lunch event in Madrid this week.

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

The country does possess two small territories in Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, but these are situated on the northern coast of the continent - well away from the Sahara desert, which stretches across almost a dozen countries. A ministry spokesman tells 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".

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