Acting Navy Secretary Submits His Resignation After Defaming Beloved Captain
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has offered his resignation to Sec. of Defense Mark Esper following his biting remarks about the former captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Capt. Brett Crozier, according to Politico.
Modly called Crozier "naive" and "stupid" before his former crew, prompting criticism from retired military officials and policy makers. Crozier was a respected leader among his sailors. Esper has yet to accept Modly's resignation.
Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly offered to resign on Tuesday following an uproar over a profanity-laced address to the crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, according to a senior defense official with knowledge of the matter.
Modly submitted his resignation letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday after meeting with his boss one-on-one, that official said. Neither Esper nor the White House pressured Modly to resign, the official said, and it is unclear whether Esper will accept it.