President Trump on Friday assured the governor of Guam that he’s becoming famous in the face of a nuclear strike threat from North Korea and predicted all of the media attention would help to boost tourism “tenfold” in the U.S. territory.
Trump’s 3-minute call with Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo (R) came as the rogue nation threatened an attack on Guam amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, reports The Washington Post.
“I just wanted to pay my respects, and we are with you 1,000 percent. You are safe,” Trump told Calvo during the call.
“Mr. President, as the governor of Guam, representing the people of Guam, and as an American citizen, I have never felt more safe or so confident, with you at the helm,” Calvo responded. “So with all the criticism going on over there, from a guy that’s being targeted, we need a president like you, so I’m just so thankful, and I’m glad you’re holding the helm, sir.”
“They should have had me eight years ago, or at least somebody with my thought process,” Trump said.
Trump added: “Eddie, I have to tell you, you’ve become extremely famous. All over the world the world, they’re talking about Guam, and they’re talking about you, and I think — tourism, I can say this, your tourism, you’re going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you. … It just looks like a beautiful place.”
“It’s paradise,” Calvo said. “We’ve got 95 percent occupancy, and after all this stuff calms down, we’re going to have 110 percent occupancy.”
“You seem like a hell of guy,” Trump said later in the call.
“I wish there would be less partisanship up there,” Calvo told Trump of Washington. “This is a time of threat to the United States. It shouldn’t be Democrats or Republicans. It should be everybody unifying behind our president.”
“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. “But regardless, our military is so incredible, and there’s no partisanship there, believe me. We are rock solid, and we have the best in the world by a factor of five. So you just take care of yourself. I’ll talk to you anytime you need, and again, it looks like just a beautiful place.”
Before the call ended, Calvo invited Trump to visit Guam. Trump responded by inviting Calvo to come see him in the White House the next time he’s in Washington.
Twitter users were quick to react to Trump’s prediction of a “tenfold” increase to Guam’s tourism amid North Korea’s nuclear strike threats:
Yeah right after our trip this week to Chernobyl, I am calling my travel agent.
— Deep State U (@DeepstateU) August 12, 2017
You can book the world tour, Chernobyl & Hiroshima via Guam.
— Polianna Pessimist (@PoliPessimist) August 12, 2017
Make sure you stop in at Three Mile Island before you leave the States.
— Kristen Suderman (@KLSuderhand) August 12, 2017
"Once the news broke I went online to buy tickets to Guam but they were all sold out" said no one ever.
— Mike Klotz (@Klotz32) August 12, 2017
'Guam: Come for the beautiful beaches, stay for the nuclear annihilation!'
— kcvinweho (@kcvinweho) August 12, 2017
Yes because nothing says vacation like a nuclear attack.
— Sherri Allen (@Sherjay) August 12, 2017
Does the Red Cross count as tourists?
— Patrick Andres (@PAndres2001) August 12, 2017