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.
We’re sooo ashamed! pic.twitter.com/FbQPzY1E7V— KNI, J.D. ??? (@KNIPTX) September 20, 2018
Here's his wall✌ pic.twitter.com/6PNQXnYFi7— KLS (@insomniacx29) September 20, 2018
Some tried to cut Trump some slack because, after all, he’s just the President.
In fairness, knowledge of geography - and of factual information generally - are not his strongest attributes.— From the Standpoint of Water Michael (@mermtm) September 20, 2018
In fairness... what is?— Anita Little Sunshine (@AnitaLittleSun1) September 20, 2018
Watching tv and race baiting?— From the Standpoint of Water Michael (@mermtm) September 20, 2018
True.— Anita Little Sunshine (@AnitaLittleSun1) September 20, 2018
Also, conning, and bullying.
Who can resist a jab at Trump’s “standpoint of water” remarks regarding Hurricane Florence damage?
The Sahara is very dry, from the standpoint of water - Trump probably— J. Mick (@Hawkingswhlchr) September 20, 2018
Many thought some other countries may have a problem with this plan.
it will be news to Morocco, Algeria and other countries that Spain borders Sahara.— Lord Longbeard (@js7976) September 20, 2018
Seriously.— JRG #NunesMustGo (@SimonSaysBooHoo) September 20, 2018
God help us.
@realDonaldTrump Don, Spain/Europe, Sahara/Africa. You might want to float your tremendous desert wall idea with the North African leaders of Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Egypt. Goose.— Don, you’re a snollygoster (@goughie64) September 20, 2018
Noy to mention that Spain had no territory in Africa. The incongruous ridiculous wall would be entirely on other countries' sovereign land.— Sandra (@LVview) September 20, 2018
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.