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Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has apologized for calling the USS Theodore Roosevelt’s ousted captain ‘naive’ and ‘stupid’ over the scathing letter he wrote pleading for Navy leaders to do more to stop a coronavirus outbreak on the aircraft carrier.
Modly ripped into Captain Brett Crozier on Monday as he addressed sailors aboard the USS Roosevelt, which is currently docked in Guam.
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The acting Navy secretary back-tracked in a statement hours later, writing: ‘I want to apologize for my recent comments to the crew of the TR.
The apology comes after President Donald J. Trump indicated he might get involved in the situation, saying both Crozier and Modly are “good people.”
In his statement, Modly said:
“Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive or stupid. I think, and always believed him to be the opposite.
“We pick our carrier commanding officers with great care. Captain Crozier is smart and passionate.
“I believe, precisely because he is not naive and stupid, that he sent his alarming email with the intention of getting it into the public domain in an effort to draw public attention to the situation of his ship.
“I apologize for any confusion this choice of words may have caused. I also want to apologize directly to Captain Crozier, his family, and the entire crew of the Theodore Roosevelt for any pain my remarks may have caused.
“They, and the entire Navy, have my full commitment that I will continue to help get the TR back to full health and back to sea where we can move forward beyond this unfortunate situation.”
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