Aug 12, 2017, 12:27 AM ET

Trump calls Guam governor, predicts 'tenfold' jump in tourism in light of North Korea's threats


President Donald Trump spoke Friday with Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, who posted to his social media accounts a video of the three-minute phone conversation, assuring the lawmaker that his constituents are safe in light of North Korea's threat to fire ICBMs at the island.

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The president also predicted a boom in tourism for the U.S. territory in light of the North Korean threat.

"Good morning, good morning," the president is heard saying to Calvo. "It's great to speak with you. Good morning. I just wanted to pay my respects, and we are with you 1,000 percent. You are safe. We’re with you 1,000 percent. And I wanted to call you and say hello. How are you?"

Calvo, a fellow Republican, responds, "Mr. President, as the governor of Guam representing the people of Guam and as an American citizen, I have never felt more safe or so confident than with you at the helm. So, with all the criticism going on over there from a guy who is being targeted, we need a president like you, so I’m just so thankful. I’m glad you’re holding the helm, sir."

The president then takes a jab at his predecessors, telling Calvo, "They should've had me eight years ago, or at least somebody with my thought process because that was the time. Frankly, you could've said that for the last three presidents. But you'll be taken care of."

Trump then changes direction, and informs the governor of his apparent newfound status as a celebrity.

"Eddie, I have to tell you, you’ve become extremely famous," said the president, who telephoned from Bedminster, New Jersey, where's he on a working vacation. "All over the world, they’re talking about Guam, and they’re talking about you, and I think tourism, I can say this, your tourism, you’re going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you ... It looks like a beautiful place.”

Calvo agrees, saying, "It’s paradise. We’ve got 95 percent occupancy, and after all this stuff calms down, we’re going to have 110 percent occupancy.”

Trump also spoke cryptically about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, telling Calvo, "You notice that he hasn't spoken recently. He doesn't talk so much more anymore and we'll see how it all works out. But your'e not going to have a problem."

Trump continues, "This is between you and I, but you don't talk like they talk, you can't do that, and you can't do that with people like us."

The pair then spoke about partisanship in the nation's capital.

"I wish there would be less partisanship up there," Calvo told Trump. "This is a time of threat to the United States. It shouldn’t be Democrats or Republicans. It should be everybody unifying behind our president.

Trump responded, "Well you’re right about that, but unfortunately, you know, we’re living with a very obstructionist group, but maybe that will change. But regardless, our military is so incredible, and there’s no partisanship there, believe me. We are rock solid, and we have the best in the world by a factor of five. So you just take care of yourself. I’ll talk to you anytime you need, and again, it looks like just a beautiful place.”

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  • John

    If this is true, why are Don Jr and Eric there installing Trump golf course and hotel properties? It is a vacation spot for Japanese and using Trump's logic, would flock to it even more if they cold expect a nuclear holocaust.

  • rpresident

    Just an idea.....send all the most ardent, die-hard, "love what he's doing" Trump supporters on an all expense paid "tourism boom" trip to Guam. If they don't feel bigly safe, that should tell them something.

  • Tegbessou Géléhéso

    I'll believe that when Mexico sends a check for the wall...

  • Sarah Levine

    Tourist boom? I doubt even Trump fans are in a hurry to visit. Maybe if they plan to tear down a Confederate status they can get some deplorables to visit.

  • trumpPU

    Yeah, pack your bags folks, North Korea is going to fire ICBM's at Guam and the orange buffoon trump says you will want to be there for it. That's like saying the Japanese would flock ten fold to Hiroshima had they known ahead of time it would be incinerated. Trump is beyond stupid.

  • ydnas639

    It seems that Trump has found a new way to prove that he is an idiot.

  • tet1953

    Trump is completely unequipped to deal with a crisis of any magnitude.

  • Sunshine!

    Good to have a transcript of that conversation - the orange oomph is still as ___ as always.

  • Jack25

    LOL. Another whopper from Trump. A tenfold increase in tourism? He does live in another reality. They will be lucky if they don't have a tenfold drop. He's nuts.

  • Cher

    Do you ever ask yourself..."What is trump smoking?" Trump is dumber than a sack of rocks.

  • DNCIgnorance10

    Question - Does Trump repeat himself just because of his ego, or is a sign of a mental issue... You're safe, You're safe, hello, hello, you can believe me, you can believe me. Is there a single phrase out of his mouth that he doesn't repeat every 5 minutes.

  • CarlOrcas

    Can a Trump Hotel for Guam be far behind?

  • GorillaMyDreams

    "We’re with you 1,000 percent."

    "we’re going to have 110 percent occupancy.”

    In addition to being delusional, both these guys need lessons in math.

  • Suelark

    Nukes or not, I wouldn't go to Guam if it were all expenses paid. Snakes, literally falling out of the trees. They've killed every species of birds except two.

  • peterknight

    War Tourism: a new initiative by the President of USA. Next stop Venezuela?

  • Kara Gile

    Pretty sure trump wrote this story. Or did I accidentally stumble onto a Fox News page? It all goes back to money...let's capitalize on tourism bc clearly that is more important than national security, healthcare, maintaining a habitable planet or idk, doing something, anything, ONE thing that's in your job description.

  • Fawn Meyer

    I foresee a boom in mushroom watching tours

  • SpankyHamm

    Don't worry Charlottesville, your tourism numbers are about to go up tenfold.

  • Erwin Schrodinger

    "Trump responded, "Well you’re right about that, but unfortunately, you know, we’re living with a very obstructionist group," So, he agrees there it too much partisanship... then immediately makes a partisan slam... only Trump could be so hypocritical.

    Yeah, Obama did a terrible job keeping Guam safe (another partisan slam, by the way).. that is why there were all of those bombings there by NK in the past 8 years... oh, wait...

  • SpankyHamm

    Trump should take his next vacation in Guam.

  • Tegbessou Géléhéso

    I'll believe that when I see the check from Mexico for the wall and the best ever healthcare bill gets passed....

  • mrphilbert

    Maybe he intends to send his ar-15 packing supporters to Guam to defend it against those nuclear missiles?

  • Bad Nun

    It's all just a joke to Trump.

  • Harry Pooter

    Have I just become hopelessly jaded, because I swear EVERYTHING the orange buffoon says seems utterly ridiculous to me

  • Conscience_of_a_conservative

    Tourism boom? The President is an idiot. He also tried to remind people of the growing economy when he condemned violence in today's neo nazi march. Every time Trump puts away the cue cards he puts his foot in his mouth. The statements are beyond stupid.

    Maybe the President should send his family to Guam for a month in a show of support.

  • mrphilbert

    Tourism boom? He thinks people are interested in traveling to be at ground zero of his light show? Oh, it's his supporters that are buying the tickets? Well, go ahead then. Don't forget the spf 90000 folks.

  • Kansas-Lil

    I doubt very much if the governor of Guam and his constituents give a hooey-hoot as to the spike in tourism when their very existence is at stake. Trump is ever the businessman, the $$$$$ are his priority. He knows nothing outside of his narrow realm of making money by using other's people's funds, and is scared stiff. He makes decisions based on the moment, and justifies it as being unpredictable. Well, yeah, if you don't know what you are doing, no one, not even you, has a clue what to do.

  • E’Clair

    President "Ignite World Chaos" now thinks it is time to be cute and relate improved tourism to Guam as a result of Trump's dangerous actions?

    That's pretty much all Trump can think about. Celebrity points and making money off of tourism.

    Now he has set his sites on a civil uprising in Venezuela.

    Tell me he isn't crazy? Anyone?

  • Doug Blasco

    Oh Yeah, Right. Hey honey, lets pack our bags and go vacation at a likely primary nuclear strike zone.
    Show of hands, after what has happened in the last two weeks, who is planning a visit to Guam?

  • Rafterman00

    Trump is great at promising big things, except the opposite happens.

  • Personal

    Does anyone in this administration understand mathematics? Specifically percentages?

  • Retired and Happy

    That's right Donnie. Just keep egging the crazy guy on. Brilliant.

  • DarqueSideOfTheMoon

    There may be a boom, but I doubt tourism will be involved.

  • Primo Veritas

    LOL! Yet further proof that Trump is totally disconnected from reality.

  • Lee Thompson

    Trumpers! Are you enjoying this? If so, you are as crazy as your POTUS. You must have a death wish to continue to support this fool.

  • duckkdownn

    Actually, Trump predicted that tourists would go "BOOM"!

  • Darlene Hecomovich

    Will someone, please, inform the President of the proper use of the pronouns I and me?? His misuse of such simple pronouns is glaring - - - and, painful.

  • labman57

    The American people are developing forehead bruises from repeated face-palming episodes every time Trump issues an idiotic tweet or has an embarrassing phone conversation that goes public.
    Once again, Donnie has demonstrated his twisted priorities -- it's all about ratings, popularity, and opportunities to make a quick buck at any cost.

    Of course, we all remember who was the Governor of Hawaii during the Pearl Harbor attack, right?
    And if potential tourists had received advanced warning from Japan that they were planning to attack, do you suppose Hawaiian tourism would have skyrocketed simply because Oahu was a national news story?

  • Lee Thompson

    Once again Trump proves he has no clue about anything. When is the Republican congress going to stand up for this country and our constitution. This man is dangerous! Republicans OWN this!

  • Abby1

    "The president then takes a jab at his predecessors...." This guy always have to insult someone to build himself up.

  • Puddin' Twain

    The Republicans wanted a president who would "run the country like a business." They got what they voted for.

  • Bev Guyer

    Just another crazy day on Trump's "working" vacation. Considering his erratic behavior, I think I would prefer that golfs more, more lives would be saved with him not shooting his mouth off.

  • virgillionhere

    Nothing says tourism boom like incoming missiles
    - Trump logic

  • mik8888

    I am frankly astounded that anyone would think Trump sounded remotely intelligent, with all the repeating he did in the conversation, heh heh...

  • Pat Wright

    I think this is a great time to buy real estate in Guam.

  • Prophet With Honor

    Trump is playing "President" , a game he will lose.