Donald Trump has told Guam's Governor North Korea's threat to launch a missile strike near the remote Pacific island will boost tourism, while assuring the politician the USA stands behind the territory "1,000 per cent".
The South Carolina senator said the U.S. is "absolutely" prepared to act on the North Korean nuclear threat, one day after Trump warned that North Korea would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if they continued to threaten America.
"I have never felt more safe or so confident with you at the helm", Gov. Eddie Calvo said. "We are with you a thousand percent", the President said.
The US president told Mr Calvo that Guam - which has a population of 160,000 and is about twice the size of Malta - seemed handsome, telling the governor he had seen images in news reports about the North Korean threat.
With Guam's safety in the balance, Trump assured the territory's Governor Eddie Calvo: "We are with you 1000 percent, you are safe".
"I just wanted to pay my respects [and say] you are safe", Mr Trump began the call. So you just take care of yourself.
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"You just went to 110 I think", Mr Trump joked.
"It's paradise", Calvo said. Both of these factors were specifically cited by the North Korean military spokesman who delivered the missile threat to Guam.
"Don't worry about a thing", Mr Trump responded. "In time you will be able to leave a fallout shelter", the sheet notes, adding that people should "not look at the flash or fireball - it can blind you".
"They should have had me eight years ago, or at least somebody with my thought process", Trump said.
Padilla made the statement after the North Korean Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army said on Thursday it was "seriously examining a plan" to fire a missile near Guam.
Guam residents found themselves practicing air-raid drills in early 2013 after a previous round of threats, in which North Korea specifically named Andersen Air Force Base as a target.
Trump reciprocated the sentiment and suggested that the stalemate between the USA and North Korea could have had a different outcome, had he been the president in years past.