Trump says he loved that Hawaii 'took responsibility' after false missile alert

Trump says he loved that Hawaii 'took responsibility' after false missile alert
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FLORIDA (HawaiiNewsNow) - It took a full day before President Donald Trump responded to the false missile alert that sent waves of panic across Hawaii on Saturday, but he did say he loved that the state "took responsibility."

When the alert went out to Hawaii's 1.4 million residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors, Trump was wrapping up a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The White House said in a statement that day that "The President has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise. This was purely a state exercise."

On Sunday, he commended the state's response.

"That was a state thing, but we are now going to get involved with them," he told reporters in Florida. "I love that they took responsibility. They took total responsibility. They made a mistake."

It took 38 minutes before emergency officials confirmed the message was sent in error.

Gov. David Ige has since apologized for the false alarm.

"I know firsthand that what happened today is totally unacceptable, and many in our community were deeply affected by this," Ige said on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the FCC said it was launching a "full investigation into the false emergency alert" sent to Hawaii residents.

The false alarm came as Hawaii grapples with the real fear of a nuclear threat as tensions rise with North Korea.

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