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Spain’s Foreign Minister says US President Donald Trump once suggested building a wall along the Sahara desert to stem the arrival of migrants, as he plans to do on the Mexican border, reported News.com.au (Australia).

“Closing ports is not a solution, and neither is building a wall along the Sahara, like President Trump suggested to me recently,” Josep Borrell told a lunchtime gathering this week, according to a video released by Spanish media.

“‘Just build a wall that borders the Sahara’,” he quoted Trump as telling him.
“‘But do you know how big the Sahara is?’,” the minister responded.

He reportedly replied: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.”

Well, Mr President, the Sahara is much longer than the US-Mexico border. About 1800km longer. Oh, and it spreads across 11 sovereign nations.

The reported comments come as European Union leaders are locked in talks in Salzburg over how to deal with the number of migrants arriving on the continent.

Spain is at the frontline of this issue, having overtaken Italy to become the number one point of entry for migrants coming to Europe by sea or by land from Africa.

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.

Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border, which spans 3200 kilometres, could cost up to $US20 billion according to some estimates. Despite the wall being the centrepiece of his election campaign, it is yet to be built.

The Sahara desert, meanwhile, spans all of northern Africa from the Red Sea in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, or close to 5000 kilometres.

Mr Trump was mocked earlier in the week for saying that Hurricane Florence was “one of the wettest we have seen from the standpoint of water”.

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President Trump lashed out at Congress on Thursday over the lack of funding for his border wall in a recently passed spending bill, stoking a fight that GOP lawmakers had hoped to avoid until later this year, reported The Hill (US).

"I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms?" Trump asked in a tweet.

"Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!"

I want to know, where is the money for Border Security and the WALL in this ridiculous Spending Bill, and where will it come from after the Midterms? Dems are obstructing Law Enforcement and Border Security. REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 20, 2018

The Senate voted 93-7 on Tuesday to pass a sweeping $854 billion spending bill that includes funding for the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education, which make up the bulk of government spending.

Of the seven senators who opposed the bill, six were Republicans who joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in voting "no."

The House is expected to take up the funding legislation next week, ahead of the Sept. 30 deadline to keep the government funded.

The Senate bill includes a continuing resolution that extends funding for all other agencies through Dec. 7, after the midterm elections.

The inclusion of the resolution in the Department of Homeland Security bill was intended to put off a contentious debate on Trump’s proposed border wall.

The president has repeatedly chastised lawmakers for failing to pass stricter immigration laws and has requested full funding for his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Earlier this year, Trump said he'd be willing to shut down the government if he did not receive enough money for the wall, but has since backed off that threat.

In an exclusive interview with Hill.TV on Tuesday, Trump hinted that he intends take an executive action on immigration in the coming weeks, though he declined to specify what it might be.

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