Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY Published 6:34 p.m. ET April 9, 2020 | Updated 6:55 p.m. ET April 9, 2020CLOSE President Donald Trump called Tuesday’s resignation of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, who stepped down after upbraiding of the captain of the coronavirus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt, an “unselfish thing to do.” (April 7) AP DomesticWASHINGTON – Top Pentagon officials on Thursday defended the $243,000 trip acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly took to visit an aircraft carrier stricken with COVID-19, saying senior military leaders need to have “eyes on” crises as they happen.Modly made the 35-hour trip to Guam, where the USS Theodore Roosevelt is docked, aboard a Gulfstream 550 outfitted for military use. Medical personnel are tending to more than 400 sailors sickened by the coronavirus.Modly visited sailors on the ship and made a 15-minute speech, larded with profanity, that criticized Capt. Brett Crozier, the commander Modly fired for sending a letter to Navy officials seeking help for his crew. Modly ridiculed Crozier as too naive and stupid to lead. Modly at first stood by his remarks, then tried to walk them back with an apology.Because of his possible exposure to coronavirus, he tendered his resignation remotely  to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who accepted.At


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