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This is Not a Drill

This is Not a Drill

OOOPS: 'Ballistic Missile Threat Inbound to Hawaii...This is Not a Drill'

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that it was a false alarm.

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Full-blown panic, chaos and rage are being reported after all Hawaiians received emergency alerts on their cell phones, televisions and radios Saturday morning warning that a ballistic missile attack was imminent.

Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard tweeted that it was a false alarm.

President Trump was golfing at his Trump National Golf Club in Florida near his Mar-a-Lago estate when the alert was sent.

Congresswoman Gabbard told MSNBC: “Our leaders have failed us. Donald Trump is taking too long. He's not taking this threat seriously ... This is literally life and death that is at stake.”

“The people of Hawaii just got a taste of the stark reality of what we face here of a potential nuclear strike on Hawaii," Gabbard said during a phone interview on CNN minutes after the alert was broadcast across the islands. “This is a real threat facing Hawaii," she said.

There was no follow-up text saying it was a false alarm until 38 minutes after the original alert.

Hawaiian Governor David Ige told CNN that someone had “pressed the wrong button” during a shift change at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.

Patrick Granfield, a former strategic communications director at the Pentagon under President Obama tweeted “thank God the President was playing golf.” Granfield posted the tweet after Hawaii officials declared the emergency alert was a false alarm.


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