North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s threat to attack Guam with missiles has heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, and the governor of Guam has expressed appreciation that President Trump is on his side.
On Tuesday, August 8, President Trump warned that North Korea will be met with “fire, fury and power, the likes of which this world has never seen before,” if North Korea makes anymore threats to the United States.
In a Fox News interview Wednesday night with Brian Kilmeade on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, weighed in with great praise for Trump’s “fire and fury” promise.
“As far as I’m concerned, as an American citizen, I want a president that says that if any nation such as North Korea attacks Guam, attacks Honolulu, attacks the West Coast, that they will be met with hell and fury,” Calvo said.
He noted these threats from North Korea have been going on for a long time already.
“If you can recall, just going back to 2013, this is about the third, fourth threat made by North Korea specifically to Guam, as well as other facilities or bases in Asia as well as the States – Hawaii and the West Coast,” Calvo said.
“We’ve got right now 160,000 American citizens on this island, 50,000 American citizens in the Northern Marianas. On any given day, we’ve got ten to fifteen thousand tourists enjoying our shores,” he added. “We encourage everyone to go through their lives and live them like you would any other day. At the same time, we have both our civil government work in collaboration with the military regional command here that is prepared for any type of contingency.”
He expressed strong support for President Trump’s “tough talk” and noted that he felt secure with the defense systems in place, that Guam would be well protected.
“I’ve had enough briefings with the military that there is a multi-layered defense, starting from Korea and Japan, as well as in the Western Pacific, as well as our terrestrial assets here in Guam with the THAAD missile defense system, that American communities such as Guam, as well as other American communities, will be protected,” said Calvo.
President Trump tweeted a warning Friday morning, saying, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
North Korea responded with a statement aimed at President Trump and the United States Friday, warning that “even a single shell dropped on the Korean Peninsula might lead to the outbreak of thermonuclear war,” and said, “We consider the U.S. no more than a lump which we can beat to a jelly any time.”
Approximately 6,000 U.S. military troops are stationed on the island of Guam.
Below is the interview with Guam’s governor:
At a press briefing Friday from his estate in Bedminster, NJ, President Trump warned that Kim Jong Un will “not get away with what he’s doing.”
“If he utters one threat – which, by the way, he has been uttering for years – or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that’s an American territory or an American ally, he will truly regret it, and he will regret it fast,” Trump said.
Thursday, President Trump said the U.S. is preparing for many different alternative events, should North Korea launch an attack. “He has said things that are horrific, and with me, he’s not getting away with it,” Trump said, adding, “it’s a whole new ball game.”
Trump said if Kim Jong Un does anything in Guam, “it will be an event, the likes of which no one has seen before, what will happen in North Korea.”
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