Guam's governor, Eddie Calvo, is voicing support for President Trump's stern warning to North Korea, telling Fox News, "I want a president that says that."
"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 late Wednesday during an interview on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" with fill-in host Brian Kilmeade.
"This is similar to Hawaii," he added. "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 because not only will tens of thousands of American military forces and dependents be affected by a regional war but because the western Pacific has American soil in it, a couple hundred thousand Americans could get caught in the cross hairs."
A North Korean military spokesman said Wednesday the country would strike Guam, a U.S. territory with a population of over 150,000 that is also home to more than 7,000 military members and their families, if the United States provokes North Korea, according to North Korean state media.
Calvo said that he's confident in Guam's defense capabilities based on multiple briefings with the military.
"I think it’s important to be strong, but at the same time be calm. I’ve had enough briefings with the military, there’s a multilayered defense starting from Korea, Japan as well as in the western pacific as well as our assets here in Guam with the THAAD missile defense system that American communities will be protected," Calvo, who has been Guam's governor since 2011, concluded.
Trump said Tuesday from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., that continued North Korean threats would be met with "fire and fury."
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump told reporters. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Some Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances 20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home MORE (R-Ariz.), criticized Trump for being hyperbolic.
But Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman Mattis20 years after 9/11, we've logged successes but the fight continues Defense & National Security — The mental scars of Afghanistan House panel advances 8B defense bill MORE mirrored Trump’s heated rhetoric in a statement on Wednesday, noting it would be "end of the regime" only if any provocative threat is carried out against the U.S. and its allies.
“The [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Mattis said. “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people."