In phone call, Trump assures Guam of safety - and fame
Aug 12 2017 by Michele Stevens
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.
A video shows Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo laughing and joking with the president as they discuss everything from the readiness of the United States military to tourism.
Although nearly every major American news organization has misrepresented North Korea's missile threat as a direct response to Trump's "fire and fury" comment, the threat was actually issued in response to the U.S. Air Force moving B1-B Lancer supersonic bombers to Guam and test-firing a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
"The circumstances are unfortunate but this is a good opportunity for us to educate the world about Guam and our culture, about where we are, and who we are", Guam Visitors Bureau marketing director Josh Tyquiengco told AFP.
A member of Trump's Republican Party, Calvo insisted during the two men's call that "I have never felt more safe or so confident with you at the helm", according to his office. "They should have had me eight years ago". We are with you 1,000 per cent.
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Political analysts have been warning that the White House should take into consideration China's position on this boiling issue. Trump and North Korea have been exchanging escalating threats, with the North saying it was examining plans for attacking Guam.
"You know what, that could happen.it looks so lovely to me", Trump said.
With Guam's safety in the balance, Trump assured the territory's Governor Eddie Calvo: "We are with you 1000 percent, you are safe". So, with all the criticism going on over there from a guy who is being targeted, we need a president like you, so I'm just so thankful.
In the phone call Mr Trump goes on to praise the island's beauty, which he says he has seen in news reports about the missile threat. "But you'll be taken care of".
Despite Mr Trump's reassurances, Guam's security agency has issued a fact sheet with advice on what residents should do in the event of a nuclear attack.
It said brick and concrete structures were the safest places to shelter from radioactive fallout, and people should prepare to remain inside for at least 24 hours.
Trump reciprocated the sentiment and suggested that the stalemate between the United States and North Korea could have had a different outcome, had he been the president in years past.