While Hawaii's Governor David Ige was AWOL.
On January 13, 2018, people in Hawaii received an emergency alert about an incoming ballistic missile at 8:07 a.m. on their cell phones. The alert read:
"BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII.
SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.
THIS IS NOT A DRILL"
At about 8:10 a.m., the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (Hawaii EMA) reportedly reached the United States Pacific Command, which said there is no missile headed to Hawaii.
You'd assume Governor Ige would try his best to inform the public of the false alarm -- but that wasn't the case. He took a whole 10 minutes to post a tweet, and he didn't bother to reach the public on TV and radio.
To make matters worse, the Hawaii EMA didn't send out a message about the false alarm to cell phone users until 8:45 a.m.
Due to a lack of communication, this situation turned into a world issue. People across the globe believed Hawaii was under attack and turned to President Donald Trump for information.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ricky Waddell reportedly briefed Trump in person about the false alarm alert, but he didn't bother to calm the world via a simple tweet.
Before Trump became president, he frequently criticized President Barack Obama for golfing while he was needed.
President Obama has a major meeting on the N.Y.C. Ebola outbreak, with people flying in from all over the country, but decided to play golf!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2014
While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016
President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing. Too little, too late!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2016