Say what you want about President Trump, but at least he knows his Twitter password.
Hawaii Governor David Ige, a Democrat, now says he couldn't inform state residents that a warning of an imminent missile attack was a false alarm because he forgot his Twitter password. The frightening admission comes 10 days after Hawaiians were thrown into a panic for nearly 40 minutes over the warning.
An employee accidentally triggered the missile defense warning on January 13 by pushing the wrong button — twice. He sent a message to all mobile phones warning them of an imminent ballistic missile attack. Some residents placed their children in sewer drains in an effort to survive the blast.
"The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency issued the false alarm at 8:07 a.m., and Ige was told the missile alert was a false alarm two minutes after the alert was sent to cell phones across the state," the Honolulu Star Advertiser reported. "However, Ige’s office did not get out a cancellation message until 17 minutes after the alert."
Ige was asked about that delay when he met with reporters after his State of the State address today, and he said that “I was in the process of making calls to the leadership team both in Hawaii Emergency Management as well as others.”
Ige added that “I have to confess that I don’t know my Twitter account log-ons and the passwords, so certainly that’s one of the changes that I’ve made. I’ve been putting that on my phone so that we can access the social media directly.”
The cancellation message was sent 17 minutes after the alert, but it was 38 minutes before the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency confirmed the message was sent in error, tweeting, "NO missile threat to Hawaii."
But after the incident, Ige blamed the error on the state worker and said officials would investigate to keep such a blunder from "ever happening again." He did not, however, acknowledge his own culpability in the incident.
Ige delivered his fourth State of the State speech on Monday, touting his accomplishments. Somehow, though, he forgot to mention the missile warning that threw Hawaiians into a panic.