Spanish diplomats were taken aback when Foreign Minister Joseph Borrell revealed that Donald Trump had advised them to tackle their immigration issues by building a wall across the Sahara desert.
Speaking with the King and Queen of Spain when they visited the White House in June, the Guardian reports that President Trump apparently told them that they should build a wall to stop migration, and when the Spanish questioned the feasibility, he told them that “the Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.”
He apparently does not know that the border is a thousand miles longer than the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border. While Spain does have two small enclaves in North Africa, they are very far from the Sahara desert, which Trump was sure to make clear he wanted their wall to go.
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The idea, of course, is even more ludicrous than his prohibitively expensive (some cost estimates run as high as $70 billion) and functionally useless proposed border wall across our southern border, considering that Spain does not own north Africa and cannot build on foreign soil and also that building a huge wall across thousands of miles of the world’s harshest desert is insane.
“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 Foreign Ministry when the Guardian asked for comment on the President’s delusional ramblings.
A stunning display of ignorance from every popular approach, it seems that an entire week cannot pass without us learning how the President disgraced himself and our nation before the international community or humiliated himself in front of his own people.
It’s safe to say that Spain will not be taking his construction advice — and hopefully, neither will we.
Original reporting by Sam Jones at the Guardian.