Mixed Views in Guam on North Korea Threats

Pauline Gross
August 12, 2017

The governor praised Mr Trump's handling of the latest escalation of tensions with North Korea, that saw Pyongyang threaten last week to target Guam, a United States territory, with four ballistic missiles.

The president called the Republican governor on August 11, to reassure him of support after an increasingly acrimonious exchange between the United States and North Korea, according to The New York Times.

He told the governor, "You seem like a hell of a guy". All over the world they're talking about Guam and they're talking about you. Calvo had the president on speaker phone, and posted a video of the exchange to his Facebook page.

"And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you", Trump said in prescient tone. "They should have had me eight years ago, somebody with my thought process".

Mr. Calvo invited Mr. Trump to the island, and Mr. Trump said, "It just looks like a attractive place". It just looks like a attractive place. The threat came on the heels of Trump's statement that the United States would respond to North Korean aggression with "fire and fury" unlike anything the world had ever seen.

Alluding to the threats against Guam, Trump said if North Korea took any steps to even think about an attack, it would have reason to be nervous.

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As tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea, folks are suddenly remembering that even if the DPRK can't strike the continental US, if they really wanted to, they could cause problems for our allies and territories.

So I don't know about everyone else, but an impending missile strike is not exactly what I'm looking for when it comes to an island paradise getaway.

Trump is clearly leaning on the old adage that all press is good press, but here's the thing: it's not.

"Mr President, as the Governor of Guam, representative of Guam's people, and as an American citizen, I felt never more safe and confident with you at the helm", the Governor said with a smile. On Aug. 11, he said that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea continue its threats.

The conversation, in which both men praised each other, differed drastically from Mr. Trump's contentious calls with leaders of Australia and Mexico in the early days of his administration. The downloadable fact sheets are captioned, "in case of emergency".

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