Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo and President Donald Trump shared a friendly phone call on Saturday as the situation with North Korea continues to intensify, with both leaders expressing optimism that the tiny island territory will remain safe from any nuclear attacks ordered by an unhinged Kim Jong Un.
Calvo posted a video of the call on his Facebook page and other social media accounts, where he noted that he spoke with both Trump and Chief of Staff General John Kelly, both of whom “assured me that the people of Guam are safe.”
“As the head of the Government of Guam, I appreciate their reassurances that my family, my friends, everyone on this island, are all safe,” he wrote. “God Bless the people of Guam and God Bless the United States of America.”
During their conversation, Trump predicted that the sudden spotlight placed on Guam would only have positive ramifications once the North Korea problem is solved.
“I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world,” he said. “They are talking about Guam, and they’re talking about you. I can say this: You’re going to go up, like, tenfold with the expenditure of no money” when it comes to tourism, Trump added.
“It’s a paradise,” Calvo responded. “We got 95 percent occupancy and after all this stuff calms down, we’re going to have 110 percent occupancy.”
Guam, which is home to about 160,000 and is situated 2,200 miles southeast of North Korea, has a $5 billion economy mainly comprised of tourism and U.S. military expenses. Trump assured Calvo that the escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang would not affect either industry.
“We are with you 1,000 percent. You are safe. We’re with you 1,000 percent,” he said, suggesting that Kim’s regime has already started to back down thanks to Trump’s “fire and fury” rhetoric.