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Report: Trump Urged Spain to Build Wall Across Sahara

Spanish minister says president offered advice on migrants
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2018 4:39 AM CDT
Competitors cross sand dunes as they take part in the final stage of the 33rd edition of Marathon des Sables during a sandstorm in the Sahara desert, near Merzouga, southern Morocco.   (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
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(Newser) – Spain's foreign minister says President Trump offered the Spanish government some very Trumpian advice on dealing with an influx of cross-Mediterranean migrants. Josep Borrell says the president suggested building a wall across the Sahara desert, even though only two small enclaves in the region are Spanish territory, the Telegraph. Borrell, who accompanied Spanish royals to the White House in June, told an event in Madrid this week that when skeptical Spanish diplomats pointed out that such a wall would have to be more than 3,000 miles long, Trump said, incorrectly: "The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico." 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." (Read more Sahara stories.)

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