Trump Calls Guam Gov to 'Say Hello' and Promise Full Federal Support

Gwen Vasquez
August 12, 2017

Calvo, who noted that this is not the first time North Korea has threatened the island, bluntly told Guam residents to simply conduct their daily business "as usual". "So it's important that as we make decisions that those folks that are in a position of leadership that they understand, too, that war is the last option because not only will tens of thousands of American military forces and dependents be affected by a regional war but because the western Pacific has American soil in it, a couple hundred thousand Americans could get caught in the cross hairs".

Guam is telling its residents what to do if North Korea launches a missile attack at the US territory, but is also calling for calm.

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.

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

He then reassured Mr Calvo, who he describes as a "hell of a guy", telling him the USA military is "rock solid".

"We are with you 1,000 percent".

"I'm glad you're holding the helm sir", Calvo said.

"As an American citizen I have never felt more safe or so confident with you at the helm", Mr Calvo said.

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Guam is home to a US Navy installation that includes a submarine squadron and an air base.

"Don't worry about a thing", President Trump responded.

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

"(President Donald Trump is) not going to contain the threat, he's going to stop the threat", Graham, one of the Senate's most hawkish members, said in an interview on "CBS This Morning".

"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", Mr Trump said, praising the island's beauty, to which Mr Calvo encouraged Mr Trump to visit. "Please say hello to the people of Guam".

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

"It's paradise", Calvo said. "I wanted to call you and say hello, how are you?"

"You just went to 110 I think", Mr Trump joked. If that wasn't possible, people should lie on the ground and cover their heads, it said. "Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to your hair".

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