Politics Ex-Obama defense official on Hawaii false alarm: 'Thank God the President was playing golf'

22:20  13 january  2018
22:20  13 january  2018 Source:   The Hill

Hawaii officials say 'false alarm' on alert about inbound ballistic missile

  Hawaii officials say 'false alarm' on alert about inbound ballistic missile Hawaii officials on Saturday announced that an alert saying a missile was headed for the state was a false alarm.Sen. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) issued a tweet, saying she had confirmed with officials the alert was false.

Thank God the President was playing golf . pic.twitter.com/K7wPtsevGO. Critics went after Trump for being at his Trump International Golf Course in Florida when the false alarm alert was sent out on Saturday.

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a person with collar shirt© Provided by The HillA former Defense Department official under former President Barack Obama reacted to the false alarm of a ballistic missile headed towards Hawaii on Saturday by saying "thank God the President was playing golf."

Patrick Granfield, a former strategic communications director at the Pentagon, posted the tweet after Hawaii officials declared the emergency alert was a false alarm.

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Critics went after Trump for being at his Trump International Golf Course in Florida when the false alarm alert was sent out on Saturday.

Hawaii Congress Members Want Answers for Missile Alert Mistake: 'The Whole State Was Terrified'

  Hawaii Congress Members Want Answers for Missile Alert Mistake: 'The Whole State Was Terrified' <p>For a few minutes on Saturday, Hawaiians were panicking over a false alarm.</p>Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was quick to tweet it was a false alarm, and she subsequently called into CNN to talk about what happened and said they’re getting to the bottom of it:

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The false alarm came amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear program and continued testing of ballistic missiles.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) accused Trump of not taking the threat of North Korea's nuclear program seriously during a phone interview on CNN minutes after the false alarm.

Gabbard had posted a tweet saying that "there is no incoming missile to Hawaii" and adding she confirmed with officials that the alert, sent to mobile devices and televisions across Hawaii, was a false alarm.

U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said in a statement that the military "has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii" and that an "earlier message was sent in error."


North Korea didn't react to false Hawaii missile alert, Mattis says .
Mattis called the nascent talks between North and South Korea "a positive indicator," but said it was too early to determine Kim Jong Un's intent.On Saturday morning local time, thousands of tourists and residents in Hawaii received mobile alerts on their phones that a missile would soon be impacting the state. With tensions high over the regime's ballistic missile program and President Donald Trump recently warning North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, that he has the bigger "nuclear button," the false alarm prompted panic that Hawaii was the target of an attack from North Korea.

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