Missile threat is great for tourism, Trump tells Guam

Missile threat is great for tourism, Trump tells Guam

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo has backed Mr Trump, saying "I want a president" who defends American territories with tough talk.

A video shows Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo laughing and joking with the president as they discuss everything from the readiness of the USA military to tourism.

Trump also spoke cryptically about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, telling Calvo, "You notice that he hasn't spoken recently". "And we are with you 1,000%".

North Korean military on Thursday said it would prepare a plan by mid-August to strike Guam, a USA island territory in the Western Pacific, with intermediate missiles. "They will fly 3,356.7 km (2,085.8 miles) for 1,065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam". The Governor responded that he has never felt so safe and is confident with him at the helm.

Mr Trump and Mr Calvo were speaking over the phone.

Mr Trump agreed that, "They should have had me in years ago ... frankly you could have said that for the last three presidents".

"We're going to do a great job, don't worry about a thing", Trump then added. "It looks lovely, you know I'm watching.it's such a big story in the news".

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"I wish there would be less partisanship up there, this is a time of threats to the United States", said Calvo.

"You know, they're showing so much, it's such a big story in the news and it just looks like a lovely place", he said.

On Friday, the president had issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the USA military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against US territories or allies.

Before speaking to Mr Calvo, Mr Trump told reporters in New Jersey that he believed Guam would be "very safe" and threatened North Korea with "big, big trouble" if it launched an attack. "But you'll be taken care of".

Trump continued to exchange pleasantries with Calvo, saying that the governor had "become famous", and suggesting that he would visit the United States territory in the future.

However, Guam's security agency has issued a fact sheet with advice on what residents should do in the event of a nuclear attack.

"We'll see how it all works out, but you're not going to have a problem and I just wanted to pay my respects and say you seem like a hell of a guy".

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