Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly Resigns

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(Washington, DC)  — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is resigning after a leaked audio showed he called the former captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt “stupid.”  Modly removed Brett Crozier from his post after the captain sent a four-page letter asking for urgent help as the coronavirus was spreading on his nuclear aircraft carrier.  He had apologized this morning for saying Crozier was “too naive or too stupid” when he spoke to the crew about the dismissal.  More than 170 sailors on the Roosevelt has tested positive for the virus. Crozier, a native of Santa Rosa, has also tested positive for the virus. Defense Secretary Mark Esper tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he had accepted Secretary Modly’s resignation and that, with the approval of the President, was appointing current Army Undersecretary Jim McPherson as acting Secretary of the Navy.