Guam Governor Says Trump Told Him North Korea Threats Will Increase Tourism

Guam Governor Says Trump Told Him North Korea Threats Will Increase Tourism

President Trump joked that North Korea's threats to attack Guam would help boost tourism to the USA territory.

Eddie Baza Calvo (R) posted a video of his end of the call on Facebook, offering a candid glimpse of the dynamic between the two leaders. "Even though it might be an empty threat, we do need to think about it as a possibility", said a 23-year-old student in Guam.

"Well you're right about that, but unfortunately, you know, we're living with a very obstructionist group, but maybe that will change", Trump responded.

"I have to say, Eddie, you're going to become extremely famous".

"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".

He then reassures Mr Calvo, who he describes as a "hell of a guy", telling him the United States military is "rock solid".

North Korea has claimed it will have a plan for a missile strike targeting Guam prepared by mid-August - a threat that has led to President Trump insisting that Kim Jong-Un will "truly reget" any move against Guam or any other United States territory.

Calvo also told the president on Friday: "I have never felt more safe or more confident with you at the helm". "All over the world they're talking about Guam and they're talking about you", the clip, about 45 seconds long, showed the President as saying.

"It just looks like a lovely place", Mr. Trump said.

Mr Calvo agrees: "It's paradise". He doesn't talk so much more anymore and we'll see how it all works out.

President Trump said: "You are safe". "But regardless, our military is so incredible, and there's no partisanship there, believe me".

The phone call follows the President's latest tweet in which he wrote the military is "locked and loaded" if North Korea acts "unwisely". "I'll talk to you anytime you need, and again, it looks like just a lovely place".

The conversation ended with each of the men inviting the other to visit.

Xi's call came hours after Trump warned North Korea that the US military is "locked and loaded", and as the Pentagon said the United States and South Korea plan to proceed with a joint military exercise in 10 days.