Acting Navy secretary who fired captain has resigned

Thomas Modly apologized for mocking the captain of the USS Roosevelt who asked for help as COVID-19 spread among his crew.
1:47 | 04/08/20

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reporters are wearing masks when not on the air. Andhe acting secretary of the Navy who called the Navy captain stupid after sounding the alarm about his sailors getting sick. Tonight, that secretary is out of a job. And the president saying he had no role in the secretary resigning, saying it was unselfish of him to resign. Here's Martha Raddatz. Reporter: Thomas modly had tried apologizing late last night for mocking the captain he had fired but the damage had already been done. The crew of the Roosevelt had made no secret of their support for captain Brett crozier. But Monday, modly flew to Guam to tell the crew why he fired their captain. Belittling crozier for the letter he had sent, pleading for help for his crew as the coronavirus spread through the ship. A move modly called a "Betrayal" in a recording secretly provided to the veteran-focused media outlet task and purpose. If he didn't think that information was going to get out into the public, in this information age that we live in, then he was, "A," too naive, or too stupid to be the commanding officer of a ship like this. What the ! Reporter: That what the bleep you hear at the end is one of the crew listening to modly in a separate room. The secretary didn't have to resign, but he felt it would be better for the country. I'm told the captain is doing well. All of the covid cases from the ship are mild or moderate, and there about 230 of them. Martha, thank you. And we continue to monitor

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