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The understanding to calm tensions in the region was part of the discussion during a brief meeting early Wednesday morning between President Donald Trump and Gov. Eddie Calvo. “He’s the kind of guy you hang around in a bar, a couple of guys and just shoot the breeze,” Calvo said, in interview conducted from outside of the military base’s front gate.

“He’s a very down to earth straight up kind of fellow unlike the folks in Washington DC.”

Air Force One landed on Andersen Air Force Base just after 2 am Guam time. Calvo then received a call from the White House to meet Trump on his plane. “For me it’s heartwarming because the president said how important it was for him to come here and visit me and stop by Guam,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to go into Air Force One.”

Trump’s short visit to the territory followed the summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The two world leaders signed an agreement that called for peace. Kim also promised to proceed with denuclearization efforts in the Korean Peninsula. Trump and Calvo have since spoken multiple times since the North made a direct threat towards Guam last year. “One of the questions he asked of course was - what was the sentiment of the people? I said there are about 165,000 people that have taken a big sigh of relief,” Calvo said.

“I told him it’s nothing short of a miracle that ten months ago there was the leader of North Korea that was making pronouncements of a nuclear annihilation of our island. Now, we have ten months later and a document signed by both paving the way for peace and denuclearization.”

Calvo said he also met with National Security Advisor, John Bolton. In Singapore, Trump called for an end to the “War Games” with South Korea. He said the joint military exercise is “very expensive.”

“He understands too we got to calm things down. He mentioned these military exercises are threatening and even with B1 flights to the peninsula. So I think the president, everyone thought he was a war monger but here’s a president that’s done something historic,” Calvo said.

“In the end of it all through his policy of peace through strength we’ve come to this point. Right now it appears with the actions occurring we are going to move in this vein, but it means obviously denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. But then at the same time his sentiment is also to calm some of the pressures as a result of all these military exercises occurring in the Korean peninsula.”The brief stop is just as historic as the events that occurred during the Singapore summit, he said.

“It’s kind of bittersweet for me because this guy has already made an opportunity to focus on Guam,” he said. “President Obama and this threat brought the THAAD missile defense system here. But, President Obama during this whole crisis never focused on Guam and protecting Guam.”

Meantime, the governor was unable to give Trump his gift commemorating the president’s efforts to ensure peace in the region. Instead, Calvo presented the president with a scapular as a gift to First Lady, Melania. Adelup officials will send Trump his gift that includes the Guam seal at a later time. Air Force One departed Andersen around 3:30 am.

Trump is scheduled to go to Hawaii and Maryland before he heads back to the White House. .
 

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