Trump tells Guam Governor 'you are safe'

Cesar Mills
August 12, 2017

President Donald Trump told Guam's governor Saturday morning that the us territory is "not going to have a problem" and its people are safe.

Eddie Baza Calvo (R) posted a video of his end of the call on Facebook, offering a candid glimpse of the dynamic between the two leaders.

North Korea has announced plans to fire missiles into the sea near the island, a U.S. territory and key military base in the Western Pacific.

Calvo said he "never felt more safe or so confident" with Trump "at the helm". The Senate armed services committee member also noted that "I don't want to trust one intel report, we've learned from Iraq that you do need to be cautious".

The US president told Mr Calvo that Guam - which has a population of 160,000 and is about twice the size of Malta - seemed attractive, telling the governor he had seen images in news reports about the North Korean threat.

"All over the world, they're talking about Guam, and they're talking about you, and I think tourism, I can say this, your tourism, you're going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you".

"If they attacked Guam, or some other American interest or our allies".

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I take issue with your editorial that includes a description of "residents of Guam glancing nervously skyward" ("Alternative fact of the Week: Trump's nuclear arsenal", August 10).

Guam's Homeland Security Department on Friday released this pamphlet: "In Case of Emergency - Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat". It just looks like a handsome place. "They should have had me eight years ago, or somebody with my thought process".

Calvo agrees, saying, "It's paradise. In time you will be able to leave a fallout shelter", the sheet notes, adding that people should "not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you". We are rock solid, and we have the best in the world by a factor of five.

"You know what, that could looks so attractive to me", Trump said.

Pyongyang said in 2016 that it might blow up Guam in response to a USA anti-missile drill with Japan and South Korea it found provocative.

A separate statement from the North Korean General Staff released on the same day mentioned comments by Senator Lindsey Graham and Joint Chiefs Chairman James Dunford and threatened to "turn the US mainland into the theater of a nuclear war" with a "pre-emptive retaliatory operation of justice" but did not refer to President Trump's comments.

An American territory that hosts a significant military contingent, Guam has found itself in the crosshairs of a geopolitical feud sparked by Donald Trump promising "fire and fury" in response to further threats.

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