Missile threat is great for tourism, Trump tells Guam

Graham Time for new approach on N. Korea

Graham Time for new approach on N. Korea

US President Donald Trump has told Guam Governor Eddie Calvo over the phone that "You are safe".

"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.

Pyongyang said this week it is planning to launch four missiles into waters near the coast of Guam, which is a major United States military hub with a population of 163,000 - all of whom are technically USA citizens.

During the phone call Mr Calvo laments criticism of Mr Trump, saying "from a guy that's being targeted, we need a president like you".

The US president told Mr Calvo that Guam - which has a population of 160,000 and is about twice the size of Malta - seemed handsome, telling the governor he had seen images in news reports about the North Korean threat.

"We encourage everyone to go through their lives and live them like you would any other day".

They called me from the White House this morning and both assured me that the people of Guam are safe.

Mr Calvo has spent most of the week assuring Guam's 160,000 residents of their safety despite the threats.

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.

This is not to say that North Korea will not respond to President Trump's remarks with plenty of blood-curdling threats, but it is important to note that the threat universally cited by the mainstream media as Kim Jong-un's terrifying push back against Trump's bluster was, in fact, a threat issued for entirely different reasons - both of them involving American military forces located on USA soil. "But you'll be taken care of".

"It looks like a handsome place", he said, inviting Calvo to visit the White House the next time he is in the Lower 48. "In time you will be able to leave a fallout shelter".

"You seem like a hell of guy", Trump said later in the call.

"We are the best in the world by a factor of five", he says.

Padilla made the statement after the North Korean Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army said on Thursday it was "seriously examining a plan" to fire a missile near Guam.

After the tourism discussion, the two talked more about North Korea and how to deal with someone like Kim Jong Un and about partisan rancor and obstructionism in Washington, D.C.

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