Trump feels North Korea's threats would boost Guam's tourism

Claudine Rigal
Août 14, 2017

Trump, and Chief of Staff General John Kelly, phoned Guam's governor Eddie Baza Calvo to assure him that the people of the country are safe and that the president is behind the them "1000 percent".

During a phone call Friday with Eddie Baza Calvo, the Republican governor of the USA territory in the Western Pacific, Trump said that the attention would boost tourism "tenfold" - even as he continued to escalate rhetoric against North Korea.

Admist ongoing threats from North Korea targeting Guam and the surrounding waters, no state of emergency has been declared.

"I'm just so thankful".

Guam's second top visitor market (after Japan) of South Korea recorded a 25% increase, while USA mainland visitor rose 14.9%.

As the head of the Government of Guam, I appreciate their reassurances that my family, my friends, everyone on this island, are all safe.

Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg says now is the time for China to use its political and economic might to intervene in the increasing tensions between the United States and North Korea.

Calvo posted a video of the call to his Facebook page, as well as YouTube.

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests previous year and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

"I just wanted to pay my respects, and we are with you 1,000 percent".

Calvo said Trump told him that the United States was "one thousand per cent" behind Guam - a message he said (in a special video to the people) was appreciated by everyone: "He is providing a very clear message that any threat to Americans, whether it is here in our island paradise in the western Pacific, or in California, or in NY... that he will ensure our protection". 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. "But right now, I can tell you, in Guam, our flights are arriving from South Korea and Japan". Trump liked the way Calvo talked: "You seem like a hell of guy".

The sharp increase in tensions rattled financial markets and prompted warnings from US officials and analysts not to engage in rhetorical slanging matches with North Korea. The president told Kim Jong Un the firing of missiles at America would result in "fire and fury" like has never before been seen in the world. It's such a big story in the news, it just looks like a attractive place.

Having said this the Governor's office has also stated that should a real emergency arise then Guam Homeland Security will deploy mass alerts to warn people as far as is possible. "Guam is not a bargaining chip", Rep. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, said in a statement earlier this week. More than 160,000 of whom live on Guam.

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