The World Panics Over Nuclear Alarm – While Trump Golfs
For 38 minutes the entire world was on high alert over what turned out, thank goodness, to be a false alarm of a nuclear attack on Hawaii.
And while members of Congress, the news media, and ordinary citizens swung into action immediately, President Trump golfed.
This has left many people saying we’ve just telegraphed to the world that, on Trump’s watch at least, America is woefully unprepared for an attack. I disagree. It may have taken 38 minutes to give the all clear – but the alert went right out. And Trump may have been golfing – but the rest of our government, folks like Hawaii’s Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, were all over it. And for my part, I’ll echo the former defense official under Obama, who said, “Thank God the President was playing golf“.
I had something to say about the initial alert as well, and as you can imagine, a lot of other people have spoken up, since, too…
For 38 minutes American citizens in Hawaii braced for a ballistic missile strike … and @realDonaldTrump continued his round of golf in Florida on his 120th taxpayer funded vacation day in less than a year. https://t.co/tSSSNiDLDk
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) January 13, 2018
So sorry for all the people in Hawaii who went through that — we know someone who’s there with her family. Crying in closet texting goodbyes to loved ones, husband shielding their baby. Sounds traumatic. Hang in there, folks.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 13, 2018
Mistakes happen. This one was bad. But 38 minutes to formally correct mistake is not acceptable.
And still waiting for an official to speak directly and explain. #hawaii
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) January 13, 2018
This was my phone when I woke up just now. I'm in Honolulu, #Hawaii and my family is on the North Shore. They were hiding in the garage. My mom and sister were crying. It was a false alarm, but betting a lot of people are shaken. @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/m6EKxH3QqQ
— Sara Donchey (@KPRC2Sara) January 13, 2018
Trump got plenty of time to tweet about football players kneeling during the national anthem, but can’t seem to find his phone to tell the people of Hawaii that a ballistic misuse is not going to hit their state. Unbelievable.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) January 13, 2018
Ok what just happened in Hawaii via the mistake by the U.S. Pacific Command is terrifying. Especially now. My God…
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 13, 2018
How many people in Hawaii suffered heart attacks today as a result of this false alarm?
— AbbyNormal (@fbrodya) January 13, 2018
The emergency alert claiming a ballistic missile attack was inbound was sent at 8:08AM. It took until 8:45AM to state it was a false alarm. 37 minutes where anyone in Hawaii who doesn’t sit on Twitter dot com all day thought their island might be incinerated. Fire people. Fix it. pic.twitter.com/hhCIrNLg1D
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 13, 2018
Agreed! I was on the phone with my sister in Hawaii. I thought I was about to lose my sister and my family. This was the most emotional and dreadful 37 minutes of my life!
— CamillePollack (@CamillePollack) January 13, 2018
This is horrific. People in Hawaii putting their children in storm drains after false alert sent out about missile strike.pic.twitter.com/160J0e6VSD
— Remove Trump Now (@KaniJJackson) January 13, 2018
A scary false alarm
Seen in Hawaii today,
Sent many people into
A state of disarray.
Alas, our country
Remains in harm's way,
As Trump endangers
Us every passing day.
He's unstable, unfit,
And easily swayed,
It’s time to impeach
And end this charade.#SaturdayMorning
— The Seuss is Loose (@SeussIsLoose_) January 13, 2018
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