President Donald Trump told Guam’s governor during a phone call Friday evening that he was “going to become extremely famous” after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear missiles at the US territory.
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo told Trump that he had “never felt more safe or more confident” having him at the helm.
“So with all the criticism going on over there, from a guy that’s being targeted, we need a guy like you, so I’m thankful and I’m glad you’re holding the helm, sir,” Calvo told Trump.
“Well, we’re going to do a great job here, don’t worry about a thing,” Trump replied. After adding that he should have been in office eight years ago, Trump said, “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,” he continued. “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. It looks beautiful, you know I’m watching … it’s such a big story in the news, it just looks like a beautiful place.”
Guam made headlines last week after North Korea said it might target US bases in the small territory. The threat came on the heels of Trump’s statement that the US would respond to North Korean aggression with “fire and fury” unlike anything the world had ever seen. He also boasted about the US’ nuclear arsenal on Wednesday before adding that “hopefully we will never have to use” nuclear weapons.