Trump assures governor of Guam their tourism will skyrocket thanks to nuclear threat
As tensions continue to rise between the United States and North Korea, folks are suddenly remembering that even if the DPRK can’t strike the continental U.S., if they really wanted to, they could cause problems for our allies and territories. Territories like Guam, which North Korea has threatened to attack in response to Donald Trump’s constant bluster about preemptive strikes.
Trump called up Eddie Baza Calvo, the governor of Guam, on Friday to reassure him that everything is going to be fine. The call was filmed for some strange reason, which led to an odd bit in the beginning when Calvo leads off “as the governor of Guam, representing the people of Guam,” like he’s delivering expository dialogue.
The two had a nice friendly chat, wherein Trump assured Calvo the U.S. is with Guam “1000 percent” and Calvo in turn talks about how much the people of Guam appreciate everything POTUS is doing for them — which is strange since from an outsider’s perspective it looks like he’s doing his best to goad North Korea into blowing them up. Then Trump, ever the businessman, started talking about how good this situation will be for Guam’s tourism industry.
“I have to say, Eddie, you’re going to be extremely famous,” Trump said. “All over the world they’re talking about Guam and they’re talking about you. And your tourism, I can say this, your tourism is going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you. It looks beautiful.”
Trump is clearly leaning on the old adage that all press is good press, but here’s the thing: it’s not. Everyone is talking about Guam because they’re afraid it’s going to be bombed. Nuclear annihilation is not a draw when picking a vacation destination.
It’s only a matter of time until Trump devises a way to get Russia or China to threaten countries in which he has hotels.