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President Donald Trump looks on as he talks to the media on South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., before his departure to Camp David in late 2017. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Trump says the government will ‘get involved’ after Hawaii false alarm

HONOLULU — President Donald Trump says the federal government will “get involved” with Hawaii following the false alarm about an incoming missile strike on the island state.

Trump says what happened Saturday “was a state thing.” He did not describe the level of federal involvement he envisions, but the Federal Communications Commission has opened an investigation.

Hawaii residents received cellphone alerts Saturday warning of an incoming ballistic missile strike. State officials later said someone doing a routine test during a shift change at the Emergency Management Agency mistakenly hit the live alert button.

A combination photograph shows screenshots from a cell phone displaying an alert for a ballistic missile launch and the subsequent false alarm message in Hawaii Jan. 13, 2018. Photo by Hugh Gentry/Reuters

A combination photograph shows screenshots from a cell phone displaying an alert for a ballistic missile launch and the subsequent false alarm message in Hawaii Jan. 13, 2018. Photo by Hugh Gentry/Reuters

Hawaii’s governor has apologized.

Speaking of Hawaii officials, Trump said “I love that they took responsibility.” He said “they took full responsibility but we’re going to get involved.”

Trump also said he hopes something like that doesn’t happen again.

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