Hawaii governor now knows Twitter password

Hawaii Gov. David Ige delivers his annual State of the State address in Honolulu on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Ige voiced his opposition to Trump administration policies but didn't mention a missile alert mistakenly sent to residents and visitors statewide a week ago. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he and his team took so long to post a message to social media about the recent missile alert being a false alarm because he didn’t know his Twitter username and password.

Ige told reporters Monday he’s since put his username and password into his cellphone. He says he can now use social media without waiting for his staff.

The governor was asked why his Twitter account relayed a Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweet about the false alarm at 8:24 a.m. on Jan. 13 even though Ige learned about the mistake 15 minutes earlier at 8:09 a.m.

Ige’s communications staff members manage his social media accounts, as is the case with many politicians.

Ige spokeswoman Cindy McMillan said Friday the governor had to track her down to prepare a message for the public before they could post anything.