Trump speaks with Guam governor amid North Korea threat

Frederick Owens
August 12, 2017

"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.

Mr. Trump responded, "We're going to do a great job".

Tensions between North Korea and the United States escalated this week amid increasingly heated rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.

"Good morning, good morning", the president is heard saying to Calvo. "All over the world, they're talking about Guam, and they're talking about you, and I think tourism, I can say this, your tourism, you're going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you".

"You've become extremely famous", he told Mr Calvo of the global news coverage following North Korea's threat. "We've got 95 per cent occupancy and after all this stuff comes down we're going to have 110 per cent occupancy".

Mr Calvo agrees: "It's paradise".

Earlier this week, North Korea threatened to launch four missiles toward Guam.

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The Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense released a fact sheet on Facebook and its website. "But you'll be taken care of". It included information on how to build an emergency supply kit, make an emergency family plan, make a list of potential concrete shelters near your home, and to not look at the flash or fireball because it can blind you.

"Mr President, as the Governor of Guam, representative of Guam's people, and as an American citizen, I felt never more safe and confident with you at the helm", the Governor said with a smile.

With Guam's safety in the balance, Trump assured the territory's Governor Eddie Calvo: "We are with you 1000 per cent, you are safe".

Tension in the region has risen since North Korea carried out two nuclear bomb tests past year and two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July.

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.

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

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