Acting Navy secretary apologizes amid uproar over leaked carrier speech
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly apologized on Monday night for incendiary comments made to the crew of an aircraft carrier in which he criticized their former captain, who was fired after sounding the alarm about an outbreak of coronavirus on the ship.
The apology from Modly came just hours after the top Navy leader said he stood by "every word" of his speech to the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in which he called the decision by Capt. Brett Crozier to broadly distribute a letter requesting assistance "naive" and "stupid."
"I want to apologize to the Navy for my recent comments to the crew of the TR," Modly said in a statement. "Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naïve nor stupid. I think, and always believed him to be the opposite."