President Trump Calls Guam Governor to Reassure Him of US Commitment

The phone call between President Trump and Guam Governor Eddie Calvo may have been about assuring the island the US government completely supports them, but it is amazing how many news headlines I saw that focused on the joke Trump made about how the current tensions will improve Guam tourism:

Eddie Calvo

If there’s one thing that Guam does not have to worry about while the tiny island is in the nuclear cross hairs of North Korea, it’s tourism, President Trump told the island’s governor in a phone call made public on Saturday.

The threat by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to create “an enveloping fire” around the tiny United States territory in the Western Pacific will bolster Guam tourism “tenfold,” Mr. Trump said in the recorded conversation with Gov. Eddie Calvo.

The recording was put on the Republican governor’s Facebook page and other social media accounts.

Mr. Trump said: “I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world. They are talking about Guam; and they’re talking about you.” And when it comes to tourism, he added, “I can say this: You’re going to go up, like, tenfold with the expenditure of no money.”  [New York Times]

You can read more at the link and watch the video of the phone call below:



I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.


  1. Has the DPRK said they were going to shoot missiles into Guam’s territorial sea waters before?

  2. @T-bone, you actually left a comment with links relevant to the discussion. See you can do it.

    Yes, Liz North Korea has made threats to Guam in the past and it is the reason the THAAD battery was deployed there in 2013. Residents on Guam have long memories of the US not properly defending the island and causing it to be brutally occupied by the Imperial Japanese days after the Pearl Harbor bombing.

    The THAAD deployment was a sign to the residents that the US takes the defense of Guam much more seriously today considering how important its location is in the Asia-Pacific region.

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  4. Tbone said “they bore me, you bore me”.
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    You are on here more than anyone, possibly more then the average 2 – 3 regulars combined. I guarantee that at the end of the day when they shut down the prison library you’re accessing RokDrop from and return to your cell… when the PA announces “lights out!” and your shaved tattooed head hits the pillow as you hold your “don’t rape me” shank close to your chest and think…

    “Yeah.. I showed those random 10 – 12 people on RokDrop! I’ll do it again tomorrow too!”

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