Donald Trump has suggested that tourism and trade will be boosted in Guam thanks to the current geopolitical crisis with North Korea.

The hermit nation threatened to attack Guam, which is a US overseas Pacific territory.

Responding to the threats, Trump has threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" as well as tweeting that the US was "locked and loaded".

Speaking to the governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, the president reaffirmed his commitment to protecting the island and to pay his respects to its inhabitants.

Trump said: "It's great to speak with you. Good morning. I just wanted to pay my respects, and we are with you 1,000%. You are safe. We're with you 1,000%. And I wanted to call you and say hello. How are you?"

Calvo responded by saying: "Mr. President, as the governor of Guam representing the people of Guam and as an American citizen, I have never felt more safe or so confident than with you at the helm. So, with all the criticism going on over there from a guy who is being targeted, we need a president like you, so I'm just so thankful. I'm glad you're holding the helm, sir."

Trump then went on to say that he should have been in the job eight years ago, suggesting that he would have prevented the current situation from taking place.

Not only did he attack Barack Obama, he also referred to the "last three presidents" which includes Republican, George W Bush and the Democrat Bill Clinton.

The conversation took a sudden turn to tourism on the island.

"All over the world, they're talking about Guam, and they're talking about you, and I think tourism, I can say this, your tourism, you're going to go up like tenfold with the expenditure of no money, so I congratulate you ... It looks like a beautiful place."

Calvo agrees, saying, "It's paradise. We've got 95% occupancy, and after all this stuff calms down, we're going to have 110% occupancy."

Trump also made a slight reference to Kim Jong-un, when he said: "You notice that he hasn't spoken recently. He doesn't talk so much more anymore and we'll see how it all works out. But you're not going to have a problem."

Despite the inflammatory language that Trump has been using, North Korea hasn't responded in the same way that it normally does, suggesting that Pyongyang has taken a step back to consider its options.

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R), flanked by Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price, delivers remarks on North Korea during an opioid-related briefing at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, US on 8 August 2017REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst