Hawaii rep: False alarm about incoming missile 'taste of the stark reality'
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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardCongress just failed our nation’s veterans when it comes to medical marijuana Govs. Brown and Cuomo are false climate prophets Overnight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel 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 TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser 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.