Kaine blasts Navy leader's 'completely inappropriate' comments on fired captain

Source: Politico | April 6, 2020 | Connor O’Brien

A transcript, as well as the audio of Thomas Modly’s remarks to the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, were leaked today.

Sen. Tim Kaine slammed acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly today over the Navy leader’s criticism of the captain of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, who was fired after raising alarms over the spread of coronavirus on the ship.

“Based on the transcript I’ve read, Secretary Modly’s comments were completely inappropriate and beneath the office of the Secretary of the Navy,” Kaine said in a statement.

In provocative remarks made to the Roosevelt’s crew and reported today by several media outlets, Modly criticized Capt. Brett Crozier for broadly emailing a letter requesting assistance for the ship’s personnel, which was later published by Crozier’s hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle.

A transcript, as well as the audio of Modly’s remarks to the crew, were leaked to several media outlets today.

The acting Navy secretary said Crozier was “too naive, or too stupid to be the commanding officer of a ship like this” if he thought the contents of his letter wouldn’t become public.

“The alternative is that he did it on purpose,” Modly said, according to a recording. “And that’s a serious violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which you are all familiar with.”

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