Guam – It was a brief, but welcome stop on Guam. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent about 2 hours on the ground Friday afternoon.
She spoke to a few hundred troops representing the 4 branches of service who had crowded before the stage inside the Global Hawk Hanger at Andersen Air Force Base.
She thanked the troops for their service and she also gave a nod of thanks to the people of Guam.
Although she did not come outside the fence, Governor Felix Camacho and Lt. Governor Cruz spent about 15 private minutes sharing the islands concerns with her. Afterwards, the Governor told reporters that he spoke about the need for more federal funding for infrastructure and shared his opposition to the taking of any more Guam land by the military as well as opposition to the plans for dredging the area of Apra Harbour off Polaris Point. He also talked to her about the importance of granting a visa waiver for Chinese tourists. Camacho said she was receptive and informed, but made no promises. Camacho also said that he said he was impressed with her knowledge of the issues here.
A number of Guam lawmakers and business leaders were in the audience to hear Clinton’s remarks. Among them Senators Rory Respicio and Judi Guthertz. Both Senators said they were not disturbed by her brief stop over.
“We’re not disappointed at all, because any opportunity at all that we have to get our national leaders here on Guam we have to take advantage of it,” said Senator Respicio.
And Senator Guthertz said she felt Clinton was asked by the White House to stop on Guam to give the President a better understanding of the buildup and its impact on the island.
Speaker Judi Won Pat and Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz also meet separately with Clinton. They presented her with resolution 444 which highlights the legislatures position on the military buildup.