The governor of Guam praised President Trump’s tough stance against North Korea while slamming rhetoric from Sen. Lindsey Graham that he said could endanger the people of the U.S. Pacific territory.
Gov. Eddie Calvo admitted to Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Wednesday that there is “concern and worry” on Guam “but there’s no panic” among the people following a statement by North Korea’s state-run media agency that the communist nation would attack waters near Guam by mid-August.
“If you can recall going back to 2013, this is about the third, fourth threat made by North Korea specifically to Guam,” Calvo said.
“We’ve got 160,000 American citizens on this island,” he continued. “On any given day, we’ve got 10-15,000 tourists enjoying our shores. We encourage everyone to go through their lives and live them like you would do any day.”
Kim Jong-un‘s “bellicose statement” is “no different” from what was said back in 2013, Calvo explained, but added that he is “concerned” that those threats may “ramp up.”
A major point of concern for Guam, which is home to a U.S. military base, is actually decisions that are made in Washington, D.C., Calvo revealed.
“Most of our concern here in Guam is that decisions are not made that would cause some sort of conflict over here,” Calvo said, citing “a certain senator” who was encouraging the Trump administration to go to war.
Kilmeade confirmed that Calvo was speaking about Sen. Graham who called for retribution against North Korea after previous administrations had failed to reign in its leader. Graham specifically noted that any war that may result from rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea would be fought “in the region.”
“If there’s going to be a war, it’s going to be in the region, not here in America,” the South Carolina Republican told CBS News.
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Graham’s remarks were exactly the kind of rhetoric the governor of Guam feared would put his citizens in danger.
“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, referring to Trump’s strong statement Tuesday warning that they “best not make any more threats to the United States.”
“They will be met with the fire and fury like the world has never seen,” the president said.
“What I’m concerned about is if a U.S. senator says ‘Initiate an attack’ and causing a war,” Calvo continued “This is American sovereign soil… So it’s important that as we make decisions that those folks that are in a position of leadership, that they understand too that war is the last option.”
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