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Trump tweets about "deranged" Michael Wolff in first statement since Hawaii scare

Last Updated Jan 13, 2018 5:54 PM EST

President Trump's first public remarks Saturday after a false alert warning Hawaiians of an approaching ballistic missile threat was not to comfort people whose nerves were on edge, or assurance that such an incident will never happen again. Instead, Mr. Trump tweeted about "fake news" promoting "mentally deranged" Michael Wolff, author of "Fire and Fury: Inside Donald Trump's White House" and the 2016 election. 

The president was at his golf course in Florida shortly after the false alert -- apparently caused by a state emergency management employee pushing the wrong button -- sent Hawaii residents panicking. It took Hawaii emergency officials 38 minutes for residents to receive an alert notifying them the previous alert was a false alarm. 

Mr. Trump was briefed on the incident.

"The president has been briefed on the state of Hawaii's emergency management exercise," a White House official told CBS News. "This was purely a state (controlled) exercise."

The Federal Communications Commission, according to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, is launching a "full" investigation into the false missile alert. 

Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is calling for an independent review of the incident. 

  • Kathryn Watson

    Kathryn Watson is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital.