Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY Published 3:22 p.m. ET April 6, 2020 | Updated 3:45 p.m. ET April 6, 2020CLOSE President Trump defended the firing of Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, calling Crozier’s letter asking for help for sick crew members “not appropriate.” USA TODAYWASHINGTON – The acting Navy secretary disparaged the former captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, calling him “too naive or too stupid” to command the aircraft carrier stricken with COVID-19.Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who last week fired Capt. Brett Crozier for sending a letter to Navy officials urgently seeking help before one of his sailors died from the coronavirus, made the remarks April 5 to members of the Roosevelt’s crew. A Defense official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, confirmed Monday that a transcript of Modly’s remarks was accurate.Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers are calling for wider testing aboard ships. Several other ships, including the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, have had sailors test positive for the disease, according to Defense and Capitol Hill sources not authorized to speak publicly. Modly also berated the media, telling sailors that all journalists are biased and sought to embarrass them. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Crozier’s letter, which leaked after he had sent it


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