President Trump may be the one man that can bring sacked Navy Captain Brett Cozier and acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly together.
Modly relieved Captain Cozier of his command of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt earlier this week after accusing Cozier of leaking a letter to Navy brass pleading for help as over 100 sailors abroad his vessel tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, more sailors, including Cozier, have tested positive.
Modly initially praised the captain for bringing the issue to the Navy’s attention; however, his opinion quickly soured, leading to the captain’s dramatic removal, and Modly’s berating of him in a poorly received speech to Roosevelt’s crew.
The navy captain that relieved of command, due to “lack of trust “ Nobody who has any common sense wants this captain gone. Least of all his crew. Posting this before it gets taken down. 🙄🙄🙄 pic.twitter.com/ExVX24f4XV
— Marla (@marla_miami) April 3, 2020
Fox News further reports:
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly appeared to worsen the situation when he gave a surprise speech to sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt and called ousted Captain Brett Cozier “too naïve or too stupid” to be a commanding officer of a ship like this, Reuters reported.
Modly later issued an apology to the Navy and Crozier and said, “Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Cozier is naive nor 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.”
Trump told a press conference that he is good at “settling arguments.” Trump said Cozier should have resisted sending the letter but he did not want to destroy “somebody for having a bad day,” the report said.
Several Democrats in Congress are calling for Modly to be fired following the speech in which he admonished the ship’s former commander for expressing concerns over the coronavirus in a strongly worded letter that was leaked to the media.