Spain’s foreign minister says President Donald Trump suggested constructing a wall across the Sahara as a way to end Europe’s migrant crisis.
Trump’s recommendation was made in June when Josep Borrell met with the president. Borrell reportedly disagreed with the president’s recommendation.
Details came in a report by the BBC, which attributed some of the information to Spain’s El Pais newspaper.
"The border with the Sahara cannot be bigger than our border with Mexico," Trump is reported to have said.
The U.S. border with Mexico stretches nearly 2,000 miles, the BBC noted. The desert is 3,000 miles long.
Complicating any potential plans for Spain to build a wall in the Sahara is the fact that it would have to be built on foreign territory, The Guardian newspaper said.
Spain holds only two small enclaves in north Africa.
Borrell is said to have disclosed Trump’s recommendation at an event in Madrid this week.
“We can confirm that’s what the minister said, but we won’t be making any further comment on the minister’s remarks,” said a spokesman for the foreign ministry.
Meanwhile, border wall prototypes designed to keep people from illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico were breached more than a dozen times by tactical teams testing the barriers, according to a report released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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