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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:   thehill.com

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.

A former Defense Department official under former President Obama reacted to the false alert that a ballistic missile was headed toward Hawaii on Saturday by saying “ thank God the President was playing golf .” Patrick Granfield, a former strategic communications director at the Pentagon

The more golf he plays , the safer we all are . Thanks . Twitter will use this to make your timeline better. Undo.

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.

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' For a few minutes on Saturday, Hawaiians were panicking over a false alarm.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:

Thank God the President was playing golf . pic.twitter.com/K7wPtsevGO. A former Defense Department official under former President Obama reacted to the false alert that a ballistic missile was headed toward Hawaii on Saturday by saying “ thank God the President was playing golf .”

Yes, thank God he was golfing and not at his desk next to his "big button". 0 replies 0 retweets 11 likes. Ought to focus on the FACT POOR TRAINING/or/ LACK OF ATTENTION led to this FALSE ALARM . - - Will an ACTUAL alarm be believed, OR will people DIE due to lack of faith in the system.

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."


Hawaii reps call for hearing on missile alerts after false alarm .
Two U.S. Representatives from Hawaii have requested a panel hearing to discuss whether the state should remain in charge of sending emergency incoming missile alerts, following a false alarm sent out to people in the state on Saturday.Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D) and Colleen Hanabusa (D) requested that the House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing in a letter sent Tuesday, suggesting that Hawaii's Emergency ManagemeReps. Tulsi Gabbard (D) and Colleen Hanabusa (D) requested that the House Armed Services Committee holds a hearing in a letter sent Tuesday, suggesting that Hawaii's Emergency Management Agency should retain control of disasters other than incoming missiles, which is a national security issue.

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