Hawaii rep: False alarm about incoming missile 'taste of the stark reality'
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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardEmergency response worker temporarily reassigned after false Hawaii missile alert Hawaii rep: False alarm shows need for Trump to talk with North Korea Hawaii rep on false nuclear alert: 'These kinds of mistakes' can lead to brink of war MORE (D) said Saturday that the false alarm sent to Hawaii residents warning of an incoming ballistic missile was a "taste of the stark reality" of the nuclear threat facing the state.

“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.


The message warned of an incoming missile threat and urged people in Hawaii to take cover. An official correction for the message, which was also sent to mobile phones, did not come for another 38 minutes. 

Gabbard was among the first to alert residents on social media that the message was a "false alarm," tweeting that she had "confirmed with officials" that there was no missile inbound.

The false alarm came as Hawaii has been testing its emergency management system for a possible missile launch from North Korea, which has repeatedly threatened the U.S. with multiple tests in the past year.

Gabbard criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE for his administration's response to North Korea's past provocations during her CNN interview Saturday. 

"Donald Trump is taking too long. He's not taking this threat seriously," she asserted.