Guam Governor Says Trump Called, Assured Island Is Safe

The governor of Guam said Saturday that he spoke with President Donald Trump amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, and was assured that the people of the U.S. territory in the western Pacific are safe.

“This isn’t the first time that we’ve had threats lobbed against our island, but this time, knowing that we have a president and a White House and a military that is watching out for us gives me a great deal of comfort,” Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo said in a video message posted to Facebook Saturday afternoon local time.

Calvo said he was called by White House chief of staff John Kelly and Trump Saturday morning local time and “both assured me that the people of Guam are safe.”

North Korea threatened to fire missiles near Guam amid a war of words between the isolated regime and U.S. President Donald Trump over North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests, which experts say suggest that a missile could reach the West Coast of the United States and a number of major U.S. cities.

Related: Trump: N. Korea Leader ‘Will Not Get Away With What He’s Doing’

Trump this week said North Korea “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before” if it threatens the United States.




Image: Guam Governor Eddie Calvo speaks during an interview with Reuters at the government complex on the island of Guam

Guam Governor Eddie Calvo speaks during an interview with Reuters at the government complex on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017.