In Phone Call, Trump Assures Guam Of Safety - And Fame

North Korea has threatened Guam several times before, most recently in 2013, which prompted the United States to permanently deploy a missile defence system

By Jamie Tahana

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 12, 2017) – Guam's governor was assured of his island's safety on Saturday, with United States president Donald Trump giving the territory "1000 percent" backing.

North Korea has announced plans to fire missiles into the sea near the island, a US territory and key military base in the Western Pacific.

Earlier, President Trump said the US military was "locked and loaded" to deal with North Korea, should the need arise, as the countries' leaders increased bellicose rhetoric this week.

The governor, Eddie Calvo, spoke on the phone with Mr Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly on Saturday morning, during which Mr Trump assured Mr Calvo that the island's people were safe.

The three-minute conversation was recorded in a video published by Mr Calvo's office.

"Governor, I just want to let you know we're with you 1,000 percent," Mr Trump told Mr Calvo.

"We'll see how it all works out, but you're not going to have a problem and I just wanted to pay my respects and say you seem like a hell of a guy."

Mr Calvo, a second-term Republican, said he had "never felt more safe or so confident" than with Mr Trump at the helm. "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," he said.

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

"All over the world they're talking about Guam and they're talking about you."

"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," Mr Trump said, praising the island's beauty, to which Mr Calvo encouraged Mr Trump to visit.

"It could happen," the president said. "Please say hello to the people of Guam."

Mr Calvo has spent most of the week assuring Guam's 160,000 residents of their safety despite the threats.

Meanwhile, public safety officials on the island on Friday distributed a pamphlet advising residents how to prepare and react should North Korea follow through on its threats.

The document, called "In Case of Emergency -- Preparing for Imminent Missile Threat" was released by the Homeland Security Department and included several ominous warnings: "Do not look at the flash or fireball -- It can blind you."

It said brick and concrete structures were the safest places to shelter from radioactive fallout, and people should prepare to remain inside for at least 24 hours. If that wasn't possible, people should lie on the ground and cover their heads, it said.

To prevent radioactive material from spreading, people should remove their outer layer of clothing, seal it in a plastic bag, and get it as far away as possible.

"Take a shower with lots of soap and water to help remove radioactive contamination," it said. "Wash your hair with shampoo, or soap and water. Do not use conditioner in your hair because it will bind radioactive material to your hair."

North Korea has threatened Guam several times before, most recently in 2013, which prompted the United States to permanently deploy a missile defence system.

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