It totally boggles the mind how totally inept and clueless, along with being politically ignorant, is the acting Navy Secretary, Thomas Modly.
To give a speech to military personnel lambasting someone these people respect and adore is beyond comprehension.
Trump has already gone on record supporting the dismissal of Capt. Brett Crozier for speaking out in behalf of the men and women he commanded on the USS Roosevelt.
There is only one word to describe Trump. IDIOT!
The acting Secretary is another example of the incompetent political appointees Trump has put into crucial positions. Modly’s intemperate blast at a distinguished career officer is just another indication of how unfit Trump is to be President.
San Francisco Chronicle 4.6.2020
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly denounced the former commanding officer of the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier Monday, telling crew members in an address in Guam that Capt. Brett Crozier was wrong for bringing public attention to an outbreak of coronavirus on the ship and was either “too naive or too stupid” to helm the ship, according to a recording of the speech obtained by The Chronicle.
Modly’s public affairs office told The Chronicle there was no official transcript of his remarks to the crew. “Those remarks were intended to be private, between the secretary and each member of the crew,” a Navy official said.. The remarks were first reported by CNN.
During the 15-minute speech, delivered over the ship’s intercom system, Modly decried the hero’s send-off the crew gave Crozier after the secretary had relieved him of his command last week. The Navy chief called Crozier a “a martyr CO” and railed on the media for having “an agenda.” Modly said his family has been under attack since his decision to remove Crozier and that the ship’s coronavirus ordeal has become a “big controversy in Washington D.C.”
Crozier, a Santa Rosa native, last week sent a letter to naval command raising alarms about dire conditions on the ship and criticizing the Navy’s response. The Chronicle obtained the letter and published it. Modly has said Crozier’s decision to send the letter to more than 20 people guaranteed the news media would obtain it, undermining national security, and has said that was his reason for relieving Crozier of command of the Roosevelt.
“If he didn’t think … that this information wasn’t going to get out into the public, in this information age that we live in, then he was too naive or too stupid to be commanding officer of a ship like this,” Modly said Monday, to audible gasps heard in the the audio. “The alternative is that he did it on purpose.”
Crozier’s March 30 memo to Navy command pleaded for immediate help to evacuate his carrier in Guam to prevent the spread of the virus through the cramped ship.
“I reached out to your CO through my chief of staff very, very early on in this crisis,” Modly told the crew Monday. “On (March 29), I told him that I wanted to come out to the ship and if it would be OK or if it would be too disruptive. I told him that because I wanted to be able to help, if there was anything else he needed as this massive effort was under way, to get you guys healthy and clean and safe. He waved me off. He said he felt like things were under control.”
Modly said Crozier told him the Navy wasn’t moving quickly enough before, but he decided a visit wasn’t necessary after all.