Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

United States president tells Guam governor "you are safe" via phone

United States president tells Guam governor

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

Eddie, I have to tell you, you've become extremely famous.

Calvo answers, "as the governor of Guam representing the people of Guam and as an American citizen, I never felt more safe or confident than with you at the helm".

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 U.S. citizens.

"With all the criticism that's going on over there, from a guy that's being targeted, we need a president like you".

"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", Trump said in prescient tone.

Mr Calvo responded by agreeing his home was "paradise" and had "99 per cent occupancy". "It just looks like a attractive place", he said. "We've got 95 per cent occupancy and after all this stuff comes down we're going to have 110 per cent occupancy".

But the newly released fact sheet, entitled "Preparing for an Imminent Missile Threat", makes an abstract worry more concrete. "You are safe", Trump reassured Calvo at the start of the call.

"If caught outside, do not look at the flash or fireball - It can blind you".

"If an attack warning is issued, take cover as quickly as you can, under concrete structure or below ground if possible", the sheet adds.

Calvo posted a video of the conversation to Facebook.

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

Tensions have escalated between the USA and North Korea as the communist regime continues testing and expanding its nuclear program, reporting this week that it can now fit nuclear warheads on missiles.

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.

Mr Trump has said he would not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

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