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Gabbard: 'Traumatic' Doesn't Describe Hawaiian Nuclear Scare

By    |   Sunday, 14 January 2018 01:05 PM

The word "traumatic" is not strong enough to describe what people in Hawaii went through Saturday after a false alarm went out warning that a ballistic missile attack was imminent, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said Sunday, considering the state has already been testing its alert systems in the event of an attack from North Korea.

"Hawaii has just started a few months ago, these monthly nuclear attack sirens as a test," the Hawaii Democrat told CNN's "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper.

"Telling people, hey, you've got, you hear this siren, you've got 15 minutes to seek shelter, when the people of Hawaii got this message yesterday, they're literally going through this feeling of, 'I've got minutes to find my loved ones, to say my last goodbyes, to figure out where could I possibly find shelter that would protect them from a nuclear attack.'"

Most of all, she said, the false alarm "really highlights the stark reality that the people of Hawaii are facing."

Gabbard told Tapper that she spoke with one father who had two children who were in different places on one of the islands, "and he had in those seconds to make a decision about which of his children he was going to go and spend the last minutes of his life with."

The emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones statewide just before 8:10 a.m. was not rescinded for nearly 40 minutes, and has been blamed on an employee pushing a wrong button at the state's state’s emergency management agency.

Gabbard, a member of the House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee, said there should be more safeguards to ensure that a mistake like that does not happen again.

"The fact that these processes failed so epically that caused this trauma, caused this terror all across the state of Hawaii, must be fixed immediately and those responsible for this happening need to be held accountable," she said.

Gabbard said she is also concerned that a false alarm like the one that happened Saturday could create a misunderstanding of global significance, and that she's been calling on President Donald Trump to directly negotiate with North Korea for some time to build a pathway toward denuclearization.

"There's a few things that have to happen in order for those negotiations to be successful," she said. "First of all, they have to happen without preconditions...What would be the point of having a conversation if they get rid of their nuclear weapons?:

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