Trump tells Calvo he's behind Guam "1000%"

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 12, 2017

President Donald Trump told Guam's governor Saturday morning that the USA territory is "not going to have a problem" and its people are safe.

In an MSNBC segment on the threat to Guam, NBC reporter Miguel Almaguer noted from Tamuning that while the governor gave those words of reassurance, the island's Homeland Security department issued a "stern warning for those who life here to be prepared in the event of a ballistic missile attack".

Trump assured Calvo that "We are behind you 1,000 percent". "We'll see how it all works out but you're not going to have a problem".

"Don't worry about a thing and they should have had me eight years ago, or at least somebody with my thought process, because that was the time", Trump said.

Mr. Calvo, who has been Guam's governor since 2011, concluded that there was some concern among the public on Guam but no panic and the authorities were "very confident" that there was no heightened threat despite the warnings from North Korea which were first made on Wednesday. Earlier this week, he threatened "fire and fury".

On Wednesday, Mr Trump followed up his "fire and fury" warning with a boast about USA nuclear capabilities.

In a separate interview, Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense admitted the government was watching with concern the rising tension between the USA and North Korea.

Tourism officials are jumping on the unusually high attention to the territory as an opportunity to attract more visitors to the island of 162,000 people that draws more than 1.5 million tourists a year. All over the world they're talking about Guam. We are a safe family destination.

Trump also suggested his blustering approach was an effective way to quiet Kim Jong-Un.

"Kim Jong Un is as insane as typhoons but I am more scared of typhoons because they are real threats", said Rolando Zepeda, 57, a teacher at Saint Anthony's School.

Governor Eddie Calvo during a press briefing on Friday told everyone to remain calm and enjoy the weekend.

Guam hosts two United States military installations and 6,000 U.S. soldiers - making it an attractive target for the North.

"And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you".

The article also discusses different "adaptation" projects now underway in Guam to assist the island in coping with the ever-changing climate.

In the summer of 2016, North Korea produced a propaganda video that showed Guam targeted with its new Musudan-2 missiles, which have even greater range than the Taepodong-2 missiles that could already strike the island. In addition to the USA military bases, Guam is also equipped with the sophisticated THAAD weapons system which is capable of destroying intermediate-range missiles in the final phase of flight.

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