Acting Navy secretary offers resignation after criticizing ousted USS Theodore Roosevelt commander: official
Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has resigned, a U.S. official told Fox News on Tuesday, one day after Modly apologized for suggesting the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt was either “too naïve or too stupid” — or perhaps even deliberately insubordinate — over his handling of the ship’s coronavirus outbreak.”Good riddance,” a sailor onboard the Roosevelt told Fox News after hearing the development.Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke privately with Modly one-on-one earlier Tuesday morning, Fox News is told. Modley arrived at the conclusion that he should submit his resignation on his own, the sources said, and Esper then spoke to the president, who accepted the reason for the resignation.”This morning I accepted Secretary Modly’s resignation,” Esper tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “With the approval of the President, I am appointing current Army Undersecretary Jim McPherson as acting Secretary of the Navy.”McPherson himself served onboard the Roosevelt in 1988, according to his official online biography.President Trump had said at the White House coronavirus press conference on Monday that he might get involved in the public crisis because he is good at “settling arguments.” Trump referred to Modly’s criticism of the commander, Capt.