Spain’s Foreign Minister Claims Trump Suggested They Build A Wall—Across The Sahara Desert ?

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Donald Trump has been talking about building a wall along the southern border of the United States since he started running for President. In fact, the wall was one of the centerpieces of his first speech when he announced that his candidacy. And, apparently, he thinks walls are solutions for just about any problem.

Spain’s foreign minister, Josep Borrell, said President Trump suggested Spain build a wall across the Sahara Desert to solve their migrant crisis. He went on to say that diplomats present pointed out to the President that the Sahara stretches 3,000 miles.

To which President Trump replied:

The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.

At 1,954 miles, our border with Mexico is quite a bit smaller. And Spain has only a few outposts left in Africa, meaning a wall across the Sahara would have to be built on foreign soil, which Europe has no legal authority to do.

Borrell revealed these comments at a lunch event this week in Madrid, and they have received widespread coverage in Spain.

People were ashamed.

Some tried to cut Trump some slack because, after all, he’s just the President.

Who can resist a jab at Trump’s “standpoint of water” remarks regarding Hurricane Florence damage?

Many thought some other countries may have a problem with this plan.

Maybe the “adults in the room” who are allegedly guarding the country against the President’s worst impulses should give him a geography briefing before meetings with world leaders.

H/T: The Guardian, Twitter



Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.