Response to President Trump on Statements on North Korea’s Threat to Guam
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s statements on North Korea’s threat to Guam.
“President Trump needs to tone down the rhetoric and recognize that words have consequences. His bellicose statements will not make our nation any safer and will only further elevate tensions between the United States and North Korea. Yesterday, I spoke with PACOM Commander Admiral Harris who reaffirmed the security of Guam and defensive systems in place to protect our island. I am confident in these capabilities and continue to believe that Guam is safe from the threats posed by North Korea.
“However, given his remarks over the past few days, and today especially, President Trump must reaffirm his commitment to Guam’s security and make clear that he will not allow any escalation to further threaten our island. Guam is not a bargaining chip. Guam is a U.S. territory with more than 160,000 American citizens living on island, and he is responsible for preventing any acts of aggression towards our community. Additionally, I renew my calls for President Trump to heed the advice of his own military advisors to work with the international community to de-escalate these tensions and refrain from any action that could lead toward a military conflict with North Korea.”