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Calvo chats with Trump aboard Air Force One

Posted: Jun 13, 2018 5:22 PM Updated:

History made during the Singapore Summit, and now you add Guam to that agenda. This after President Donald Trump briefly stopped on Andersen Air Force base early Wednesday morning.

And for about an hour and a half he was here. The White House also making a last minute call to Governor Eddie Calvo to meet Trump aboard Air Force One. The presidential aircraft landed on the military base just after 2 o'clock Wednesday morning.

Trump's short stop on Andersen Air Force base followed the historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I am feeling very good about this summit and for the people of Guam, we are one territory that has felt war because we have been invaded...you have not an administration where they believe in worse case situations where there is a threat the US government and president is there to back them up," said Calvo.

Governor Calvo wasted no time once getting the call to meet with POTUS. "It was important for me to meet with the President especially in light that it's been nearly a year that he gave that phone call about giving assurances that he was behind Guam a thousand percent," he said.

 
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A member of his press corps snapping an image as Calvo boarded the plane. "Here's a president that knows we can't even vote for him and his first question to me is what do the people of Guam think? 947 I think that's the kind of president folks in the territories need," said Calvo.

The discussion lasting about 15 minutes on board. Trump getting right to the issue of how the people on Guam are doing since enduring the direct threat last August from the North. A concern discussed now that Trump and Kim have signed a peace agreement.

"I am happy the president saw fit to come to Guam and want to advise me of his thoughts on this," Calvo said.  "I think there's 165,000 people that have just breathed a deep sigh of relief."

Calvo also praising the president for an accomplishment no other American president has ever done before. Frustration shared even after he says former president Obama brought the THAAD missile defense system to Guam. Calvo saying it wasn't enough, adding, "Things got worse. There were more explosions and testings...more missile tests with higher altitudes which means farther distances so chairman Kim took us to the brink."

Trump said the sanctions on the North remain, as efforts move forward to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. Calvo speaking on the decision to end the war games with South Korea. "The reason Kim put Guam in the bullseye was because of the B1's that were making those trips circling the Korean Peninsula and coming back," he said.

The pair even snapped a photo documenting their meeting before Air Force One took off towards Hawaii. Calvo also says for now there are no plans for Trump to make another visit to the territory, but he does plan to visit Trump in DC before the end of his term to go over other issues related to Guam.

Meantime, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo stated she welcomed the talks during the summit in Signapore. Though she welcomes steps towards peace, Bordallo expressed disappointment that the agreement did not address North Korea's horrific human rights violations. 

She is also concerned with the President's statement that the U.S. would withdraw our service members from South Korea, which she notes has been an important deterrent to aggression in the region.

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