Guam Governor Says Trump Told Him North Korea Threats Will Increase Tourism

Guam Governor Says Trump Told Him North Korea Threats Will Increase Tourism
Guam Governor Says Trump Told Him North Korea Threats Will Increase Tourism

I guarantee that this is because Trump had never heard of Guam prior to the North Korean threat. He probably thinks most people are just now learning Guam exists and their name recognition would lead to increased tourism.

"Guam, actually, is a part of the US. Did you know that? Not a lot of people know that. Nobody I talked to knew that they said 'hey did you know Guam was in the US?' and I knew. I knew folks, believe me I knew. But not a lot of people did know that. It's a beautiful place. Truly tremendously beautiful. I may have to put a hotel there. I don't know, I don't know."

So disgusting accurate I had to check that this wasn't a real thing he said.

Nuclear wastelands

The threat by North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, to create “an enveloping fire” around the tiny United States territory in the Western Pacific will boost Guam tourism “tenfold,” Mr. Trump is heard saying in the recorded conversation with Gov. Eddie Calvo.

The recording was put on the Republican governor’s Facebook page and other social media accounts.

Mr. Trump said: “I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world. They are talking about Guam; and they’re talking about you.” And when it comes to tourism, he added, “I can say this: You’re going to go up, like, tenfold with the expenditure of no money.”

Mr. Calvo agreed: “It’s a paradise. We got 95 percent occupancy and after all this stuff calms down, we’re going to have 110 percent occupancy.”

The president responded, “You just went to 110, I think.”

Efforts to reach the White House on Saturday were not immediately successful.

Guam’s $5 billion economy is fueled mainly by tourism and the United States military, which occupies about 30 percent of the island and is looking to expand. The island, roughly the size of Chicago and home to about 160,000 people, is about 2,200 miles southeast of North Korea.

...“Listening to that call left me feeling disgusted,” said Andrea Nicole Grajek, a local artist from Dededo village. “I was so shocked I was actually crying. They’re leaders discussing a rise in fame and tourism, while the world is watching our island carefully to see if we’ll still be here tomorrow.”

What a moron. Pro-tip: no, a nuclear bomb won't increase tourism. aren't exactly a hotspot for vacations. Oh, and how about that delusional beyond belief final line?

Mr. Trump responded, “We’re going to do a great job. You don’t have to worry about a thing. They should have had me eight years ago, somebody with my thought process.” He added, “And frankly, you could’ve said that for the last three presidents.”

Just a few days ago, we found out that Trump 52% of Trumpers would support suspending elections in 2020; now we see that Trump thinks he'd have done better in power for the last 24 years. Maybe an off the cuff remark but it strikes me as ominous.

I'm disgusted in myself that I can do that imitation.

I think trump misinterpreted when somebody told him guam will be a hotspot.

He sounds like he is in a full swing mania. This guy needs to be removed NOW.

The really scary thing is that you can just hear that in his voice, too.

What kind or level of blackmail is the GOP under that they sit by and enable this?

I hope it's jaw-dropping when it comes out.

Yeah he's fucking crazy. Last year this time, same threat, same regime, with a sane president who isn't under investigation, there was calm for the most part. You always have that fear deep down with a crazy nut like Kim Jon, but Obama handled it fine. The only thing Trump is doing is giving not Korea a reason to fire, his talk isn't what we needed the last 8 years.

travel agents: NO IT DOESN'T!

Nuclear wastelands aren't exactly a hotspot for vacations

You just need the right marketing song:

♪♫ Don't cry ♫♪

♪♫ Don't raise your eye ♫♪

♪♫ It's only nuclear wasteland ♫♪

See Guam - some days have two beautiful sunsets!

I don't know how more Republicans aren't embarrassed about this. Where are his handlers?

And the people standing behind him(because he will surely say something like this at a rally) smiling, nodding, and cheering. Holding Drain the Swamp signs, not understanding the stupid irony of it all.

So that’s why Trump is ramping things up, to increase Tourism to Guam. I knew there was a reason.

Ron Howard: "It didn't."

Luckily, no. Not yet anyway.

Money and pedophilia.

People traveling: NO IT DOESN'T!

You are probably right. And I mean this in a non-sarcastic, non-snarky way.

Trump usually equates him learning about something with everyone learning about something. There was a good write-up on here about that -- about his comments regarding healthcare and almost every issue he has half-tackled. "No one knew healthcare could be so complicated" is an honest statement from the man, because in his mind no one had really looked into it or cared to until he did. So him learning about healthcare means that someone worthy learned about healthcare, an important person finally looked into it and is able to tell us from his learned opinion that it is in fact complicated. This tells us that he thinks that he is the end-all know-all to every issue on Earth. Clearly a sign of severe narcissistic traits, to anyone with half a brain.

There are instances of him doing this with almost every other issue.

I guarantee that this is because Trump had never heard of Guam prior to the North Korean threat.

Guam? Nah. Trump is a Tic Tac man.

See Guam - While You Can

"I never felt as safe as with you on the helm" - totally doesn't sound like he was told to say that or anything.

For fucks.... that's an actual quote isn't it?

This is the actual quote from the recorded conversation. What an extreme dumbass.

Mr. Trump said: “I have to tell you, you have become extremely famous all over the world. They are talking about Guam; and they’re talking about you.” And when it comes to tourism, he added, “I can say this: You’re going to go up, like, tenfold with the expenditure of no money.”

When I heard the threat of an enormous ball of nuclear fire engulfing the island of Guam, I thought, "I really should get over there! I don't want to miss having my skin melt off my bones and my hair falling out. The beaches can be lovely hotspots!"

Guam: Come for a week and stay for the rest of your life!

His wranglers don't have the authority they need to keep him in check, he's the president. If they advise him against being too stupid he'll fire them.

Doomsday tourism. Beautiful.

So by the same rationale, this should increase North Korean tourism?

I was stationed on Guam. I have been wanting to go back. Not anymore. Not while this moron in Chief is antagonizing NK.

Like a WiFi hotspot? Because that's going to be important when all those tourists come rolling in

Right. Just like he never heard of Frederick Douglass or Abraham Lincoln. He thinks no one else has ever heard of it until he is told of it by someone else.

We didn't give them back, we gave them independence. The Philippines expressly asked for it (and had had a series of revolutions/conflicts pre-WW2) and The S-A war had been expressly fought for Cuban independence so it wouldn't have been acceptable to the Cubans if we annexed them. We got a bunch of favorable (read: exploitative) trade deals out of giving those two independence which lasted through the 50s and 60s until they both got taken over by dictators.

The fuck is wrong with these people?

Because what I look for in a holiday destination is a high likelihood of getting nuked

"We won it from Mexico in the Spanish American War."

Edit: added quotes around the comment as people thought I was being serious.

What's the quote? "War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."

Yes, because the threat of imminent missile attack really brings out the tourists.


They both sounded nuts to me in the phone call. Laughing over the situation. The governor saying how safe he feels and agreeing with Trump saying they'll be at 110% occupancy.

I bet there's a hotel in the works...

Drump thinks he's playing some Hollywood Chuck Norris role in his head.

This man is not of sound mind.

They built their base from the dumbest people in America, and those people apparently agree with Trump.

"We need to stop ALL electing until we can figure out what the hell is going on."

Trump, 2019

What about the threat of nuclear annihilation bothers you? Think about vacation in Guam it could be so good that you'll never leave, you know until the wind blows your ashes out to shore.

He didn't know Lincoln was a Republican.

North Korea is getting more dangerous with every advancement of their nuclear weapons program. Trump is definitely making things worse, but we'd be concerned about them more now than we were last year no matter who was president.

It's official. Trump thinks nukes are just big fireworks.

Be fair. He knew Lincoln. He for sure didn't know Douglas though.

Actually there was already a dictator in Cuba before that. A man by the name of Batista, the United States kinda sorta supplied his regime with weapons and overwhelming economic support.

Dude was bad enough that it prompted JFK to express support for the revolutionaries, even after having the CIA attempt to overthrow/assassinate them:

"I believe that there is no country in the world, including the African regions, including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime. I believe that we created, built and manufactured the Castro movement out of whole cloth and without realizing it. I believe that the accumulation of these mistakes has jeopardized all of Latin America. The great aim of the Alliance for Progress is to reverse this unfortunate policy. This is one of the most, if not the most, important problems in America foreign policy. I can assure you that I have understood the Cubans. I approved the proclamation which Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption. I will go even further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States. Now we shall have to pay for those sins. In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries. That is perfectly clear." - John F. Kennedy, 1963.

Honestly, the entire route that Cuba took over the past fifty or so years stems from how the US dealt with Batista. At the time when the major (everything but food and medicine) economic sanctions and embargoes went up in response to his fall from power and Castro nationalizing the nation's oil industry, American companies owned approximately 90% of Cuban mines, 80% of its public utilities, 50% of its railways, 40% of its sugar production..., they were the trading partner, from Cuba's perspective. So when they said no more trade, and then tried to stomp out what was then the popular new government who had just abolished the dictatorship, I can't really say I blame them for allying themselves with the Soviets. It certainly didn't lead to anything good, but shit, what else can you do when one superpower who's been fucking you over for the past seven years has you by the balls, other than ask the only other superpower for help?

As crazy as it sounds to think about it now, had things gone down just a little bit differently, Cuba might well have ended up as North America's Norway, economically speaking.

He doesn't understand them at all. We knew this before the election.

He's going to do everything he can to drop one before he gets shitcanmed by the American people, just like with the MOAB.

most people are just now learning Guam exists

Well, my experience speaking with people over the past couple of days is that this may be true.

I was a sign holder for Obamas record breaking rally in Denver. My roommate and I decided to go last minute so I threw on a CO t-shirt and jumped on the bus which stopped right next to the line walking slowly towards the park. My roommate suggested we just blend into to crowd and cut line; as we did a guy mumbled behind me, "that was right dirty of you" so we moved away from him. The line stopped about a block up and we realized we cut into the begining on the line, the people around us were saying they had been there since 5 am. We felt like dicks because cutting in line is a dick move but sometimes shit happens...

Anyway when we were all let into the rally there was a cute lady with a clipboard eyeing the crowd; I smiled at her and she saw my Colorado t-shirt and asked if I wanted to be on stage with Obama. I said absolutely and hollered at my roommate who had gone on ahead without me (no honor among thieves I guess haha) and we were taken to a group of about 20 people. Everybody was calling loved ones to tell them they'd be on TV so I called my dad and he flipped out and got the camera ready to take pictures of the TV.

They separated us into groups by height and I was put into the tallest group of I think 11 people so when we got in line I triedto be the sixth guy so I'd be in the middle. They gave us signs that said Obama Biden on one side and change we can believe in on the other side. When we were put on stage I was sure enough in the middle and I ended ub being right over Obamas shoulder from CNN's angle so dad got plenty of photos haha.

The speech itself was fantastic and I couldn't help myself from smiling and nodding when he was optimistic and frowning when he criticized the opposition. Facing a crowd of 100,000 was incredible and you can't help but be a part of the excitement and thrill of it all so I can kind of understand why the people behind Trump smile like idiots, it's easy to get caught up in the excitement. I may not agree with whom they support but I can relate with the thrill of it all.

Edit: I accidentally hit send early due to toddler interference, sorry for the cliffhanger haha

...perhaps claim that not enough states have implemented voter id laws and too many "illegals" will vote, so they need to suspend elections until the laws can be fully implemented?

It could be and we don't know it. Just because it's not on record doesn't mean he didn't say it.

Pro-tip: no, a nuclear bomb won't increase tourism. Nuclear wastelands aren't exactly a hotspot for vacations.

I don't know, I went to the Glowing Sea a lot

Before someone responds to your comment about how educated people voted for Trump, education does not make someone immune to stupidity.

Jesus that's some object permanence level shit

Really, you want to just turn problems into opportunities: where else in the world can you find a three-eyed fish, a two-headed dog, or a two-headed baby?

See Guam: Our summers are hot but our nuclear winters are to die for.

What a moron. Pro-tip: no, a nuclear bomb won't increase tourism. Nuclear wastelands aren't exactly a hotspot for vacations. Oh, and how about that delusional beyond belief final line?

Obviously if Guam is attacked/nuked it won't exactly become a tourist hotspot. But once the hostility between the US/NK eases, I honestly could see tourism to Guam increasing (how much I don't know). The volcano that erupted in Iceland a few years ago is the cause of their current tourism boom. Mostly because it reminded people that Iceland really is a place.

Now is this an appropriate thing for the POTUS to be talking about in the middle of a crisis to the people who might be most affected by it? Absolutely not.

But here's the deal... there is no military solution unless DPRK fires first, which they never will.

There's no diplomatic solution that entails DPRK ceasing their missile program... they never will. It's the key to the Kim regime's survival (against enemies both external and especially internal).

The only real option is that we learn to live with a nuclear DPRK and that we continue to ratchet up sanctions, diplomatically pressure China where possible, and support our allies.

Trump doesn't understand either that he could use this to the US's geopolitical advantage. The South and East China Seas are increasingly contested. Our Asian allies are deciding who they will align with for the 21st century (China or US)... a nuclear armed, hostile DPRK boogeyman justifies US military presence in Asia, justifies military buildup and partnerships with our allies (Japan, RoK, Thailand, etc.), motivates tighter trade relations, and drives them into the arms of the US rather than China, who is reluctantly beholden to DPRK like an albatross around their neck.

Trump could use this situation to his advantage if he wasn't so stupid and crazy that our allies are more worried about him than Kim Jong Un.

I think Priebus was the last establishment Republican. I could be wrong.

The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico were bought after Spain gave the US a very good discount coupon. Mexico is not involved in the Spanish American war as they have their own war with the US which happened 50 years earlier.

This is a constant battle for me. What gives a Trump stand behinder more 'credit', that they are blissfully ignorant morons waving behind their dear leader, or cunningly deceitful ideologues that understand the value of the useful idiot in front of them. I can't decide which category deserves more derision either.

See Guam- finally a chance to re-use your solar eclipse glasses!

a two-headed dog


Oh, I know another place.... we're going there next.

Yep. All that's left now are Trumps, right wing bloggers, generals and Goldman Sachs.

But it's okay because he was OUR dictator! :)

Well, what are you going to do talk back to him and then Trump is like "Fuck it, nuke these bastards then, I dare ya. They don't like me anyways."

Imagine that... the crisis will drag out until all existing hotels default. and then it all "magically" blows over and the only tourist accomodation is a Trump tower.

In the part of the call that was released to the press he tells the governor of Guam how "everyone is talking about him now," as if the guy cares more about his own popularity than he does being attacked by NK.

And make the ocean pay for it

Cerberus had three heads, but I'll take it haha

Magic (R)™.

I understand, coming from a (Republican) military family. Even my stoic father has had enough.

He's not a big TV watcher, but he had heard about the NBC revival of 'Will & Grace' (LOL) and he said yesterday:

"...Just put this draft dodging, orange blowhard back on his stupid fake business reality TV show, so we can be rid of him."

Then he asked if they might bring ER back, too.

You go, dad!!! 😊

I don't want to set the world on fiiiire

I just want to staaart

My vacation at Sandals® Guam

Baba Bill O'Reilly

It's not a matter of talking back. This was the beggining of the call. And ultra-reverence and telling him to fuck off aren't the only choices. As far as I know, that might even have been genuine. Just makes the Guam guy sound like a brown nose. All this time no one threatned Guam, Trump's rethoric makes Guam be threatned, "never felt safer, sir!".

It's all about ratings to Trump, craziness.

Tourism in Guam is alive and the American dream is dead. So much winning!

you have become extremely famous all over the world.

I am stunned at the tone-deafedness.

Venezuela also.

dude, if a dog has three heads then it also has two it just has like one more... [0]

Yeah, and his skin is too thin to take the criticism and benefit from it.

This just in: Suicide-con has been started and will be taking a rolling 6 month session on beautiful soon to be glassed Guam!

Just like Africa got a bump in tourism from ebola, right?

Is this real life?

"Also my tax returns will be released soon, believe me!"

Don't feel bad, I have a family member who voted for him too. He's sorry now.

Discount Mitch Hedberg.

Great, now I have to even out this tan! I'm all burned on one side.

Cuba was already run by a dictator before Castro.

We must build a wall around Guam.

"And now the weather. Tomorrow will be cloudy with scattered showers  Spreading from the east with an expected high of 4000 degrees  Celsius."

Along with Cuba and the Philippines

Why did we give those back anyway

Right then well just kick the first two out and we're back to status quo. Problem solved.

He actually had reality-based foreign policy. He was smart enough to know that taking out Saddam would result in a lot of trouble.

Yeah. If your intention is to not let Guam get nuked, Guam being in the news leading to more awareness of Guam leading to increased tourism doesn't seem that far-fetched to me. Not that he should feel like it's appropriate to point that out or that that anyone should have any faith in him.

And Faux was very excited not so long ago about that new White House Chief of Staff going to mean the grownups were in charge..

Both of you have valid points. Nice username.

Don't forget to bring the kids along!

Rarely does this happen, but there is so much wrong with everything in your quotes there that I don't know what to respond to first.

I think Trump being president is the first time I have actually felt a visceral hatred toward another human being, one that I have never met and never will meet or know in any way.

Not yet.