Donald Trump urges Spain to 'build the wall' across the Sahara

Donald Trump urges Spain to 'build the wall' across the Sahara

El Pais and Europa Press reported this week that Borrell recalled Trump's suggestion during a luncheon in Madrid on Tuesday. He did not specify where Trump had spoken but described it as happening "recently". Prototypes of Donald Trump's proposed wall are being built near San Diego, California. The minister impersonated Trump's voice as he spoke, according to an audio file heard by CNN.

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

"While we can confirm that the President has discussed migration challenges with Spanish interlocutors, we do not have record of this specific comment", a senior White House official told CNN.

"The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico", he reportedly said, apparently unaware of the size of the desert. Trump disagreed, according to Borrell's recollection, adding that "the Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

Although he declined further comments on the issue, a spokesman for the Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed Borrell's comments to CNN. The desert spreads over parts of 11 countries: Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan and Tunisia.

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

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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.

Mr Trump's pledge to build a wall between the USA and Mexico was one of his best-known election promises. Mexico has refused and funding for the wall remains mired in Congress amid opposition from Democrats.

Spain has experienced a surge in migration, particularly over the past year as thousands of people attempt to make the risky journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe.

Increased numbers of migrants from Africa have been arriving on Spain's shores this year as Europe struggles to come up with a common strategy for dealing with their plight.

In recent months, Spain has been complaining about the surge of undocumented migrants who take hazardous journeys to reach the Eldorado.

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