Trump Urged Spain to Build Wall Across Sahara

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Trump campaigned for president on the promise that he would wall off Mexico to stop illegal immigrants entering the US.

Spain's foreign minister revealed that US President Donald Trump suggested building a wall along the Sahara desert to stem the arrival of migrants, as he plans to do on the Mexican border.

"The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico", he reportedly said, apparently unaware of the size of the desert.

The length of the US-Mexico border is less than 2,000 miles compared to the Sahara that runs for around 3,000 miles.

Many of these cross the Sahara to Morocco and on to Spain across the Mediterranean or over two high fences into the Spanish overseas territories of Ceuta and Melilla in northern Morocco.

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The Spanish daily El Pais said the minister made it clear he disagreed with Trump's proposal.

Spain has now overtaken Italy and Greece as the most popular destination for migrants.

"They built this gorgeous wall where the plane went down in Pennsylvania, Shanksville", Trump told the reporters.

Spain's politicians have agreed a solution needs to be found to deal with the migration crisis, with Africa's population set to double in the next 20 years.

Chants of "build the wall" still break out at Trump's Make America Great Again rallies.