Spanish media recently reported that US President, Donald Trump told The Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell to build a wall across the Sahara to stop the migrant crisis. Trump was not joking. He had thought the whole thing through and went on to argue that "the Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico" and would, therefore, be cheaper. What dear old Trump did not realise was that the American-Mexican border is around 2,000 miles while the desert stretches a good 3,000 miles. It is not surprising that Trump would not have known this as he probably thinks the USA has the biggest of everything.
Trump seems to have made the comments during the Spanish royals' American visit in June while addressing the current migrant crisis in Europe. In 2018 alone, Spain received 33,611 migrants, more than Greece and Italy. 1,723 more people died at sea on their way to Europe. It is a situation being exploited for political mileage in Spain with tough criticism levelled against the socialist leadership of Spain. Donald Trump is clearly not a fan of the migrants and thought Spain might need a barricade to take control of this situation. What Trump does not even begin to explain is how this wall would be built on foreign soil. The desert spreads across Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, Eritrea, Chad, Algeria, Mauritania, Libya, Sudan, Mali, and Egypt. Is Trump depending on forcing the hand of the African nations whose sovereignty he nonchalantly trashed?
Interestingly, Trump's own Great Wall dream might remain just a dream. Congress coughed up only a fraction of what Trump needs and Mexico simply refused to play ball. Trump had gone around exciting the Americans with promises of a wall Mexico would pay for but he had underestimated Mexico. Not everyone is scared of America and delusional plans of Great Walls!
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