Instead, in his first public comments since the blunder, the US President took to Twitter to attack “fake news” for promoting the “mentally deranged author” Michael Wolff and his “fake book” Fire and Fury.
Mr Trump has also been criticised for wrapping up a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, while panicked Hawaiians scrambled to find shelter.
So much Fake News is being reported. They don’t even try to get it right, or correct it when they are wrong. They promote the Fake Book of a mentally deranged author, who knowingly writes false information. The Mainstream Media is crazed that WE won the election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2018
The emergency alert, sent to mobile phones and aired on TV and radio shortly after 8am local time, said: “EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”
State officials and the US military’s Pacific Command confirmed there was no actual threat to the state, but Hawaiians waited for nearly 40 minutes while the agency struggled to retract the warning.
Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said Mr Trump was briefed by aides and said the message was ”purely a state exercise.”
There was no military response around the President because the military detected no actual threat, a senior administrative official told Politico.
The source also said Mr Trump’s cabinet had yet to test formal plans for how to respond to a missile attack.
Thank God the President was playing golf. pic.twitter.com/K7wPtsevGO— Patrick Granfield (@pgranfield) January 13, 2018
For 38 minutes American citizens in Hawaii braced for a ballistic missile strike ... and @realDonaldTrump continued his round of golf in Florida on his 120th taxpayer funded vacation day in less than a year. https://t.co/tSSSNiDLDk— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) January 13, 2018
“Thank God the President was playing golf,” Patrick Granfield, the Pentagon’s former strategic communications director under Barack Obama, tweeted after officials declared the alert was false.
Colonel Morris Davis, a former Pentagon official, attacked the President for continuing ”his round of golf in Florida on his 120th taxpayer funded vacation day in less than a year” as Hawaiians ”braced for a ballistic missile strike”.
Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, has repeatedly threatened to unleash his country's growing missile weapon capability against the US, prompting Mr Trump to warn of tough action against Pyongyang, including "fire and fury."