White House says false ballistic missile threat was 'purely a state exercise' in Hawaii


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  • An emergency alert went out Saturday morning warning
    Hawaii of an incoming ballistic missile threat.
  • The alert turned out to be a false alarm.
  • As state officials quickly worked to address the
    mistake, the White House released a statement in which it
    appeared to distance itself from the situation in
    Hawaii.

The White House appeared to distance itself from a colossal
mix-up that resulted in a false alert being sent out in
Hawaii warning of an impending ballistic missile threat. 

President Donald Trump was on his golf course at the
Mar-a-Lago luxury resort in Florida when the situation unfolded.
The White House deputy press secretary, Lindsay Walters, released
a statement afterward saying Trump had been made aware of the
situation. 

“The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii’s
emergency management exercise,” the statement said. “This was
purely a state exercise.”

The White House said Trump was meeting with Robert
Lighthizer, the US Trade Representative, on Saturday. It came as
officials quickly worked to reassure the public that an alert
sent to people’s phones in the state was a false alarm.

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency 
tweeted
,

NO missile threat to Hawaii.” An official from the
North American Aerospace Defense Command, the agency in charge of
providing aerospace warnings in North America, told BuzzFeed News
that there was “absolutely no incoming ballistic missile threat”
and that they were working to find out why the first alert was
sent. 

A second alert went out about 45 minutes
later. 

“There is no missile threat or danger to the State of
Hawaii. Repeat. False alarm,” the message said.

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