Trump tells Guam's governor he's 'going to become extremely famous' after North Korea nuclear threat

President Donald Trump told Guam's governor during a phone call Friday evening that he was "going to become extremely famous" after North Korea threatened to launch nuclear missiles at the US territory.

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo told Trump that he had "never felt more safe or more confident" having him at the helm.

"So with all the criticism going on over there, from a guy that's being targeted, we need a guy like you, so I'm thankful and I'm glad you're holding the helm, sir," Calvo told Trump.

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Pupils sit on the World War II remnants of a torpedo at Asan Memorial Park on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Tourists frolic along the Tumon beach on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Tourists stroll along a road on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Tourists frolic on the waters overlooking posh hotels in Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Tourists wait for a bus in the Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A tourist frolics in Tumon beach on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Residents do their daily routine Zumba class inside a mall on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Tourists pose as they take a rest at a shed in Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Tourists ride a bus in the Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Local residents are pictured at the Tumon beach on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Tourists snorkel on the waters off Tumon beach on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A view of the entrance of U.S. military Andersen Air Force base on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A boy plays near the World War II remnants of a torpedo at Asan Memorial Park on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A pupil flies his kite on the fields of Asan Memorial Park on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 11, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
A South Korean tourist carries his child in the Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
An amusement worker poses at the Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
South Korean tourists stroll outside the Governor's Complex on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Guam Governor Eddie Calvo speaks during an interview with Reuters at the government complex on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
South Korean tourists stroll in Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Tourists stroll in the Tumon tourist district on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Tourists take part in parasail off the waters of Tumon beach on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
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"Well, we're going to do a great job here, don't worry about a thing," Trump replied. After adding that he should have been in office eight years ago, Trump said, "I have to say, Eddie, you're going to become extremely famous."

"All over the world they're talking about Guam and they're talking about you," he continued. "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, you know I'm watching ... it's such a big story in the news, it just looks like a beautiful place."

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Guam is situated about 2,200 miles from North Korea, and about 4,000 miles from Hawaii. It's about 36 miles long and 6-12 miles wide, and only has a population of about 162,000.

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After the 1898 Spanish-American War, Spain ceded Guam to the US as an unincorporated territory. In 1941, Japan invaded Guam, which it held until US Marines took it back in 1944.

Before nearly 400 years of colonial rule, Guam was originally home to the indigenous Chamorros people for thousands of years, who still make up about 40% of the population.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

There are about 6,000 US troops currently in Guam, and the US military possesses about one-third of the island's land.

The shot above is of airmen from the 644th Combat Communication Squadron after a training exercise in June. 

(Photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher Quail/US Air Force)

This is Andersen Air Force Base, a strategic launching point for flights over the Korean Peninsula.

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A number of B-52 Stratofortress', B-1 Lancers and B-2 Spirits are currently stationed at Andersen in support of US Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence.

A B-52 Stratofortress, B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit fly over Guam after launching from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, for an integrated bomber operation Aug.17, 2016.

(Photo by US Air Force photo/Senior Airman Joshua Smoot)

This B-1B Lancer, attached to the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, just arrived at Andersen Air Force Base from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota on July 26.

(Photo via US Air Force)

Joint Region Marianas, in addition to Andersen Air Force Base, also includes Naval Base Guam, which is pictured below.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

The naval base is home to Submarine Squadron 15, which includes the USS Chicago, USS Topeka, USS Key West, and USS Oklahoma City (seen below).

The USS Buffalo, USS Frank Cable and USS Houston is also stationed at the naval base, according to a US Navy spokeswoman. 

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Naval Special Warfare Unit 1, under which 4 SEAL teams are grouped, is also stationed at the naval base. Below is a sailor from the unit performing a free fall parachute in Guam.

The base is also home to an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit and a
Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron. 

(Photo by Brian T. Glunt/US Navy)

There is also a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System stationed on the island that can shoot down incoming missiles. While the THAAD system has never been used in a real life scenario, it has been successfully tested multiple times.

(Photo via Lockheed Martin)

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Guam made headlines last week after North Korea said it might target US bases in the small territory. The threat came on the heels of Trump's statement that the US would respond to North Korean aggression with "fire and fury" unlike anything the world had ever seen. He also boasted about the US' nuclear arsenal on Wednesday before adding that "hopefully we will never have to use" nuclear weapons.

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