Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trevor Noah takes down Donald Trump’s African border wall suggestion

Trevor Noah takes down Donald Trump’s African border wall suggestion

President Trump suggested that Spain could solve Europe's migrant crisis by building a wall across the Sahara, its foreign minister has claimed.

Spain's Foreign Affairs Minister Josep Borrell revealed President Trump's advice during a speech at a gathering of the non-profit cultural organization Club Siglo XXI in Madrid, Spanish media reported.

"The border with the Sahara can not be bigger than our border with Mexico", Borrell said Trump told him this summer, according to the ministry official. Spanish officials reportedly had to explain to Trump that it is in fact about 1,000 miles longer than the U.S. -Mexico border.

During the lunch the Spanish minister argued that Europe has to find a way to tackle flows of immigrants from Africa, considering that the continent will likely double its population over the next 20 years.

Amid increasing migratory pressure on Spain, Donald Trump gave Spain his opinion on how to curb undocumented movements.

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The border issue was also a concern in the United 2026 World Cup joint bid between the US, Canada, and Mexico.

"We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks", said a spokesman for the Spanish foreign ministry.

During his campaign, Trump had promised to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico and force the Mexican government to pay for it.

Spain has seen rising numbers of migrants and refugees arrive on its shores in recent months, the result of a crackdown on a central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy.

It seems Trump struggles to avoid discussing his desired border wall in nearly any context, and on Tuesday said a recent visit to a 9/11 memorial in Pennsylvania gave him more inspiration for his vision. In an interview with the right wing news outlet The Hill, the president said his visit on the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks to the "gorgeous" Flight 93 memorial wall (image above) inspired him to push even harder. I made the speech. "They have a series of walls, I'm saying, 'It's like flawless.' So, so, we are pushing very hard".

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