Unlike Sun, Guam trusts in President Trump

Alain Brian
Août 12, 2017

"Mr. President, as the governor of Guam.and as an American citizen, I have never felt more safe or confident with you at the helm", Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo (R) said, according to a video posted to his Facebook page.

President Trump spoke with the governor of Guam on Friday after North Korea threatened earlier this week to launch missiles toward the island by mid-August. Asked if the USA was going to war, he said cryptically, "I think you know the answer to that".

Trump praised the military, bashed an "obstructionist Congress" and told Calvo how tourism would be boosted for Guam without spending money.

Unprompted, Trump then offered this assessment: "Eddie, I have to tell you, you've become extremely famous".

"If you can recall, just going back to 2013, this is about the third, fourth threat made by North Korea specifically to Guam, as well as other facilities or bases in Asia as well as the States - Hawaii and the West Coast", he pointed out.

Calvo said there was "concern and worry" among the people of Guam but "no panic".

Hawaii has also sought to prepare residents for the threat of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea, while stressing that the risk of a strike is low.

Calvo agrees, saying, "It's paradise".

"They should have had me eight years ago, or at least somebody with my thought process", Trump said.

Trump opened the conversation by telling Calvo, " Good morning, good morning.

The sheet urges people to take cover as quickly as possible, "under concrete structures or below ground if possible".

Referring to an "imminent missile threat", it includes advice like: "Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you".

North Korea has said it plans to fire missiles around 40km away from Guam's shore, adding that it expects them to reach the island within 17 minutes of launch.

The president called the United States military "incredible, "rock solid" and "the best in the world by a factor of five".

Earlier, President Trump said the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" to deal with North Korea, should the need arise, as the countries' leaders increased bellicose rhetoric this week.

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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