President Donald Trump on Saturday reassured Guam it was secure amid mounting regional tensions, vowing that American military forces "stand ready" to safeguard the US Pacific island territory against a belligerent North Korea. The call was filmed for some unusual reason, which led to an odd bit in the beginning when Calvo leads off "as the governor of Guam, representing the people of Guam", like he's delivering expository dialogue.
Multiple military sources tell NBC the Pentagon has prepared a pre-emptive strike plan involving B-1 bombers targeting missile launch sites in North Korea.
But amid the reassurances, something seemed... off. All over the world they're talking about Guam and they're talking about you.
Calvo posted a video of the call to his Facebook page, as well as YouTube.
"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 can be heard saying over the phone.
They called me from the White House this morning and both assured me that the people of Guam are safe.
Eddie, I have to tell you, you've become extremely famous. "It just looks like a handsome place", he said.
Mr. Calvo invited Mr. Trump to the island, and Mr. Trump said, "It just looks like a handsome place". The threat came on the heels of Trump's statement that the U.S. would respond to North Korean aggression with "fire and fury" unlike anything the world had ever seen.
Trump has been escalating his rhetoric against North Korea, but says he hopes "it will all work out".
Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo says officials haven't raised the USA territory's threat level even after Pyongyang laid out plans to strike near the island. Now, Guamanian residents are nervously watching developments between the two nations. On Aug. 11, he said that military solutions are "locked and loaded" should North Korea continue its threats.
Then Trump, ever the businessman, started talking about how good this situation will be for Guam's tourism industry. The downloadable fact sheets are captioned, "in case of emergency".