Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump Speaks to Guam Governor About... Tourism?

"Don't worry about a thing", Trump said. "They should have had me eight years ago.I have to say, Eddie, you're going to become extremely famous".

Trump assured Calvo that "We are behind you 1,000 percent".

The President said he wanted to give his "highest respect and regards" to the people of Guam and that the military is rock solid "we've got the best in the world", he added. As part of the short conversation, Trump also assured Calvo that he had become "extremely famous" as a result of Guam being in the press and said that tourism in the USA territory would go up "tenfold". North Korea quickly replied by leveling threats against Guam, a USA territory with a heavy military presence which sits about 2,100 miles from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

Trump complimented Calvo on the natural beauty of the Pacific island 3,950 miles west of Hawaii. It's such a big story in the news, it just looks like a handsome place.

Calvo concurred, giving Trump a tourism pitch and describing it as "paradise".

While the rest of the world anxious about nuclear war, President Donald Trump found a silver lining to his ongoing feud with North Korea.

The Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense released a fact sheet on Facebook and its website.

Referring to an "imminent missile threat", it includes advice like: "Do not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you". "Mr. President, I have never felt so safe as with you at the helm", Calvo told Trump.

"Lie flat on the ground and cover your head".

He then reassures Mr Calvo, who he describes as a "hell of a guy", telling him the USA military is "rock solid". "And frankly, you could have said that for the last three presidents".

If correct, and if the United States allows the missiles to launch in the first place, that leaves 17 minutes for tracking stations on land and sea - including the Pine Gap facility near Alice Springs - to calculate, target and try to destroy the missiles.

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

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