In phone call, Trump assures Guam of safety - and fame


U.S. president Donald Trump has called the Governor of Guam, the island nation under threat of nuclear attack from North Korea, that news of the potential missile strike will boost tourism.

"Mr. President, as the governor of Guam.and as an American citizen, I have never felt more safe or confident with you at the helm", Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo (R) said, according to a video posted to his Facebook page. 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.

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.

I'm gonna go with the mentally unstable North Korean dictator with a nuclear weapon, but you do you. "All over the world they are talking about Guam, and they are talking about you". "It looks handsome, you know I'm's such a big story in the news. You are safe", the president said.

Calvo concurred, giving Trump a tourism pitch and describing it as "paradise". "But you're going to be taken care of".

Hawaii has also sought to prepare residents for the threat of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea, while stressing that the risk of a strike is low. "In time you will be able to leave a fallout shelter".

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Don't worry about a thing.

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

Mr Trump and Mr Calvo were speaking over the phone. We are rock solid, and we have the best in the world by a factor of five.

North Korea says its Hwasong-12 missiles would take just 1,065 seconds to complete their 3,356km flight over Japan before splashing down in waters off the coast of Guam.

A separate statement from the North Korean General Staff released on the same day mentioned comments by Senator Lindsey Graham and Joint Chiefs Chairman James Dunford and threatened to "turn the US mainland into the theater of a nuclear war" with a "pre-emptive retaliatory operation of justice" but did not refer to President Trump's comments.

The call came hours after Trump issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against North Korea, declaring the US military "locked and loaded" and warning that the communist country's leader "will regret it fast" if he takes any action against USA territories or allies.