U.S. president tells Guam governor "you are safe" via phone

Casey Dawson
August 13, 2017

The Pacific island nation - an unincorporated territory of the U.S. - was this week threatened by Pyongyang with missile strikes, which has been widely condemned by the worldwide community.

During the phone call, Trump also noted he thinks Guam's tourism will increase "tenfold" in light of the situation. "And we are with you 1,000%".

"It just looks like a attractive place", Mr. Trump said. Per the official readout the White House released, "President Trump reassured Governor Calvo and our fellow Americans on Guam that United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America". "I'm so thankful and I'm glad you're holding the helm sir".

"Eddie, I have to tell you you've become extremely famous", Mr. Trump told the Guam governor. "All over the world they're talking about Guam and they're talking about you", the clip, about 45 seconds long, showed the President as saying. They should have had me eight years ago, somebody with my thought process, because that was the time. "It just looks like a attractive place", he said. Mr Calvo agreed with the President that Guam is "paradise". "But you're not going to have a problem".

Calvo said laughingly that his island is already at 95 percent occupancy, and when everything calms down it will be at 110 percent occupancy.

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Asked about the president's positive tourism assessment amid escalating nuclear threats, Metcalfe described Trump as an outside thinker and said tourists are continuing to visit Guam. He doesn't talk so much more anymore and we'll see how it all works out.

Calvo said earlier this week that "there is no change in the threat level resulting from North Korea events".

"His bellicose statements will not make our nation any safer and will only further elevate tensions between the United States and North Korea ... But since we don't have that, we need Trump to do his best to act like one".

The statement followed a tweet by President Trump praising what he described as the growing USA nuclear arsenal, adding, "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

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