US navy official apologises for calling captain behind coronavirus memo ‘naive or stupid’


Trump says he will settle dispute as acting navy secretary says sorry for criticising captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt

The US acting navy secretary has apologised for calling the ousted captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt “too naive or too stupid” to be in command, amid growing calls from Congress and former officers for him to resign.

“Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid,” Thomas Modly wrote on Monday evening. “I think and always believed him to be the opposite.”

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