Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Trump tells Guam governor: 'We are with you 1000 percent'

It was a response to Trump's unusually stern warning to North Korea, when he said: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the US".

The president also predicted a boom in tourism for the USA territory in light of the North Korean threat.

He told the governor, "You seem like a hell of a guy".

"The island of Guam made rare headlines this week when North Korea, responding to blustery language from President Trump, threatened to fire four ballistic missiles into waters near the American territory's shores", began the article. All over the world 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. Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo, said late Wednesday during an interview on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" with fill-in host Brian Kilmeade: "As far as I'm concerned, as an American citizen, I want a president that says that if any nation such as North Korea attacks Guam, attacks Honolulu, attacks the West Coast, that they will be met with hell and fury".

"Good morning, good morning", the president is heard saying to Calvo.

"They should've had me eight years ago", Trump said, regarding threats against the homeland from North Korea. We are with you 1,000 per cent.

In the phone call Mr Trump goes on to praise the island's beauty, which he says he has seen in news reports about the missile threat.

"I just wanted to pay my respects and we are with you one thousand per cent, you are safe".

In the days since, Mr Trump has ratcheted up the rhetoric, saying his words were not tough enough and then boasting that the American military was "locked and loaded".

The New York Times was mocked by social media users on Friday after the paper tweeted out a question asking which was the greater threat to Guam: a nuclear bomb threat from North Korea or climate change? "I'll talk to you anytime you need, and again, it looks like just a lovely place". So you just take care of yourself. "This is a time of threat to the United States".

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.

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