The captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt had previously sent a letter asking for help due to the extreme spread of the coronavirus aboard the ship that was stuck in Guam. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly took a trip last weekend to address the sailors and the captain, which in total cost $243,000. During his speech, Modly called the since fired captain “stupid” and “naïve” because he asked for assistance in order to save his ill sailors. This led to Modly to resign on Tuesday and he is now in quarantine. “The president should turn his ire on the brain trust that allowed Modly to travel to Guam at the cost of nearly $250,000 – a trip that only made the situation aboard the USS Roosevelt exponentially worse while still failing to address the needs of the crew, and the fleet, to protect itself amid the COVID-19 outbreak,” commented Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
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