Acting Navy Secretary Lashes Out On Virus-Plagued Ship At Commander He Fired

During an unannounced visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly tried justifying to its catcalling crew members his sacking of their skipper.

4/7/2020 2:08:00 AM

A leaked audio recording reveals acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly delivering a profanity-laced address to the USS Theodore Roosevelt's crew in Guam — just 3 days after firing Capt. Brett Crozier.

During an unannounced visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly tried justifying to its catcalling crew members his sacking of their skipper.

NPR has obtained an audio recording of Modly's remarks.Much of the diatribe delivered by the Navy's top civilian to the ship's audibly grumbling crew was a condemnation of athat Crozier emailed to his superior officials. It describes dire conditions on the Roosevelt as thousands of crew members remained on board despite dozens of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.

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The letter leaked and set off a furor on March 31, the day theSan Francisco Chroniclebroke the first story about it."It was my opinion that if he didn't think that information was going to get out into the public in this information age that we live in, then he was a) too naive or too stupid to be the commanding officer of a ship like this," Modly said to the sailors (at that point, a voice can be heard yelling,"What the f***?")."The alternate is that he did it on purpose, and that's a serious violation of the uniform code of military justice, which you are all familiar with."

Last Thursday, while announcing that he had relieved the 50-year-old former Navy helicopter and F-18 fighter jet pilot of his command, Modlyhe had"no information" that Crozier had anything to do with the leaking of the emailed letter to theChronicle

. But aboard the Roosevelt, the acting Navy secretary painted a more damning portrait of the sacked commander's alleged intentions."It was a betrayal, and I can tell you one other thing: Because he did that, he put it in the public's forum, and it's now become a big controversy in Washington, D.C., and across the country about a martyr [commanding officer] who wasn't getting the help he needed and therefore had to go through the chain of command, a chain of command which includes the media," Modly asserted."And I'm gonna tell you something, all of you: There's never a situation where you should consider the media a part of your chain of command."

Modly warned the crew, who gave Crozier arousing hero's send-offas he left the ship Thursday, that the news media"has an agenda.""And the agenda that they have depends on which side of the political aisle they sit, and I'm sorry that's the way the country is now, but it's the truth," said the man who has been acting Navy secretary since last November, when former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was

forced out."And so they use it to divide us, they use it to embarrass the Navy, they use it to embarrass you, while you're out here, dealing with something that this country hasn't had to deal with in over a hundred years."Pivoting from pillorying the news media, Modly assured the sailors that the American people"think, of all the people in the world that can keep their s**t together in something like this, it's the United States Navy and our sailors," he said, adding that it is their duty not to complain."If this ship was in combat and there were hypersonic missiles coming at you, you'd be pretty f*****g scared too. But you do your jobs."

Modly also defended his decision, which he insists was his own, to remove Crozier from his command."The former vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, suggested just yesterday that my decision was criminal," Modly said, apparently referring to comments Biden made Sunday on ABC's

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Meet the Presspostedon Twitter."I assure you it was not, because I understand the facts, and those facts show that what your captain did was very, very wrong in a moment when we expected him to be the calming force on a turbulent sea."Modly alleged that Crozier's letter had also demoralized those working in the U.S. territory of Guam with respect to accommodating sailors leaving the Roosevelt to be quarantined onshore.

"So think about that when you cheer a man off the ship who exposed you to that," he added."I understand you love the guy. It's good that you love him, but you're not required to love him."The Defense Department initially made no mention in its public advisories of Modly personally calling on the Roosevelt. They provided no transcript of the remarks he made there, calling it"a private visit"by the Navy's top civilian.

On Monday, several hours after an audio recording of his remarks was leaked, Modly issued a statement."I have not listened to a recording of my remarks since speaking to the crew so I cannot verify if the transcript is accurate. The spoken words were from the heart, and meant for them," he wrote in a message emailed by the Pentagon's press operation."I stand by every word I said, even, regrettably any profanity that may have been used for emphasis."

Crozier could not be reached for comment. On Sunday,The New York Timesreportedthat friends said the captain had tested positive for the coronavirus and was"sitting alone in the 'distinguished visitors quarters' on Naval Base Guam, battling a coronavirus infection."

Meanwhile, a U.S. Navy blog reported on Monday that efforts continue toward a goal of testing 100% of the Roosevelt's crew of 4,865. Read more: NPR »

Incredibly ironic and hypocritical that he called the captain “stupid or naive” for thinking that in this Information Age his email would not be leaked, and then his profanity laced message to the ship was leaked. Man, I sure hope he didn't resign just to get the increased unemployment benefits during the covid19 crisis.

As expected from one of Trump's boot lickers. Listening to SECNAV address the ships company was spoken like a true dush politician! Actors. Fucking actors everywhere. WE HAVE A GOVERNMENT WITH NO LEADERSHIP. When will we get leaked info on the $75,000,000 NPR got from the taxpayers? “Acting” Secretary. Did the guy ever serve? Or was he a dodger like trump.

He needs to go bye bye!!!! It is a good thing acting Navy Secretary ThomasModly is “acting” I cannot imagine a situation where this idiot was for real. In any normal time, he would have already resigned.... but this is just the new normal. Thanks, GOP The audacity to do this on this very ship Crozier was trying to save. Ugh I can’t stand this MOLDy.

Mostly must go. Put Crozier back and remember he did it for his men and country , for if he did nothing the ship would become infested with this virus which in turn puts the ships readiness in to question. HA? SECNAV I don’t know you, but your actions in front of the crew of TR were naive and stupid, an apology just doesn’t cut it. Capt. Cozier lost his job protecting them you should loose yours for the reasons you laid out for firing Capt. Crozier. I think you were projecting sir!

When would a women ever be allowed to act that poorly and still keep her job? Painfully piss poor behavior for a SecNav. He has no business holding the office. You are 💩 Mr Secretary. What a total pos. Red Moldy speech, it’s pathetic and disgraceful. He has no place in the great US navy, let alone leading it. POTUS SenateFloor USHouseFloor FIRE HIM

Thank God somebody in Liberal World had the balls to say this Commander is an idiot. Even dumber was given this Moron a Nuclear Aircraft Carrier & 5000 crew. Wow imagine him at Pearl Harbor or Cuban Crisis. Crew thinks their on Vacation. What a disgrace. But typical of this administration. Can’t deliver so blame someone to divert attention.

I think we know who is behind this 😕 fuckmodly Please resign. Disgraceful. Man. Fuck Modly. Modly is what get wipe with toilet paper! Taking down leaders doesn't make you one. couldn't carry the Generals water in combat. Acting SecNav was never a Mariner he went straight from Naval Academy to flying helos, His leadership skills are non existent you do not insult a standing officer in front of the troops. Modly strong suit is counting beans. Trump replaced 'his' Generals with academy graduates who

Profanities in the military? You don’t say Classy. Like all trumpians. The Acting Secretary of the Navy attended the Naval Academy on the taxpayers dime. He never had a command. Never rose above the rank of Lieutenant, learned to fly a helicopter then bailed out of the Navy the minute his payback time was up. Is anyone ok with this?

An exercise in how to lose 5,000 votes for your boss in one fell swoop. I believe that we should have let the admirals deal with the captain of the ship. The acting Secretary of the Navy to me does not have enough time in service to fully understand what is at stake here. Judgement made by Political pressure from within.

Looks like the Navy has a lot of loose lips. He is a real gem of a military! You can tell he is part of the Trump clan, he even speaks and insults people the Trump way. And oh yes, he even despises the media and the press..just as his boss does🤢🤮 Never served, never will. Our Commander in Chief uses social media to display his disapproval every single damn time. How is HE not held accountable?

disgusting, just like IdiotInChief Modly He may have been addressing the crew but that wasn't his intended audience. This man and Trump must be stopped. I thought America was free what a fool I’ve been we have no way to get rid of t rump. Everyone must vote in November that’s are only hope to get rid of a madman. Congress has failed the American people

Outrageous! CrozierIsAHero The whole executive branch needs to be fired. Trump=Death Oh swell, what a grown up. I am sure it impressed the navy guys and gals. FireModly Surprised to see that SECNAV is an academy grad. He actually thought this would sway the crew. Great. Yet another power-hungry crazy person leading the forces.

Disgraceful Praying for the Captain’s recovery. They should have booed that bum Modly off the ship, or better yet, thrown him overboard. Sick Vial man! DILDO !!! 'He didn't think that information was going to get out into the public in this information age that we live in, then he was a) too naive or too stupid to be the commanding officer of a ship like this' says the guy who was recorded & then tweeted about by every major news outlet.

Hey Wow the US Navy is a joke. I wonder if the same holds true for the other branches? SECNAV You tiny petulant androgynous amoeba. Probably pushed the neighbor kid off his bike because everyone else liked him better huh? Crozier knew the impact of his actions. He knew it’d be leaked, used for partisan purposes and bring unnecessary attention to his ship and crew. He has no one to blame but himself.

Trump picks all the worst leaders. InHisOwnImage He should be fired today if true. Get rid of this idiot ! A pencil pusher puffing out his chest. This guy might have future opportunities in the NHL. I’m talking Stanley Cup Type. 😎😎 Moder fucker Karma dude Wouldn't the normal protocol be a formal inquiry? Wouldn't there be an investigation if there were previous shirks of duty? Only in the Trump Era does a person go from active duty to termination in a matter of moments. JohnBolton MarieYovanovitch SallyYates AndrewMcCabe

SECNAV must be fired from his job for firing the brave patriotic captain who dared sound the alarm of coronavirus running rampant on his ship because he cared for their lives! Shame on him an EsperDoD for stepping on our democratic values! joanneintexas Gee I wonder who leaked this? Maybe John Baron

Talk about stupid. What leader gives profanity laced speeches? He needs to resign. We only hire the best. Where have we heard this before. Good! Who need Russian and Chinese spies if everything is leaked from Navy? Letters to Navy secretary, Navy secretary speach. Putin can laid off many in GRY Have you listened to anyone’s all profanity laced. Not the most professional speech, but not the worst either. Move on. We have bigger and better things to get done.


I imagine veterans everywhere are shocked and saddened by this. Everyone thinks it's the media's fault -- really?! 😳 I knew these comments would interesting. Did he even see the support the Sailors had for their CO? You think that kind of loyalty just disappears especially after he was trying to save their lives? Really surprised about the trash talking from “acting” SECNAV.

You need to Resign!!! Fire him! Every new report on his performance on the ship just adds evidence to what a wack job this man is. Where did he come from to get this job? What a class-less act! Fits right in. Another Trump sycophant A tRump flunky Disgraceful! Acting this acting that, this administration is a straight turd storm. You have a GOP controlled senate... unbelievable incompetence

who’s leaking military calls? “With all due respect” SecNav you need to RESIGN IMMEDIATELY. You no longer have the support or confidence of ANY active duty service personnel. As a Navy vet I found your attack on a highly capable commanding officer in front his crew the most disgusting thing possible. RESIGN.

Mutiny on the Bounty comes to mind! A Captain's first duty is to the ship and the men/women under their command not to kiss Trump's ass and maintain a political illusion during a serious outbreak on their vessel. Anything to shut the crew up from talking to the media. I hope they ALL talk Kiss Trumps ass and kick the navy in the ball sack... smart move.. hope you got a hug from your boss

The world is watching. Modly is a political appointee with no honor to speak of. This speech is a prime example of piss poor leadership. “Acting” is the key word here. Shame on you NavSec Sir 🤦‍♀️😔😤 So they were fine with sailors getting sick in secret. Calling attention to his sick crew made him a criminal? The worst administration ever!

Fire the jackass Modly, the cowardly stooge! CrozierIsAHero Thank you acting secretary for summarizing what we can expect from this country: Nothing! They sure as hell don’t give a FUCK about you. Only profits. SECNAV is UNFIT . ResignNow Unsat BUB One of the most unprofessional examples of senior military leadership that I have ever witnessed or heard of. I can't fathom how he survived 7 years as an officer to begin with.

I wanna hear the audio. he should resign ...a disgraceful rant...he must be fired. Another trumpist. He can’t handle the truth, blame the press is all they have. He’s stupid to have this audio leaked Hate to break it to you pearl clutchers, but military people swear, a lot. So do journalists. Get over it. The Navy secretary is correct: the commander jeopardized US security and every life on that ship with his insubordination. Now, someone else is leaking. No discipline.

One does NOT become the admiral of an aircraft, which is the lead ship in a task force, by being 'too stupid or naive'. That does a MAJOR disservice to a beloved CO, and to say as such in front of the crew only sows the seeds of dissection between the crew and the SecNav. Fire the pig, AND send him to a hospital with Covid-19 military patients if he wants his pension.

He painted himself a political hack, what a patsy. It’s charming how we all are still aghast at the hypocrisy. Great guy. Funny, his speech didn’t sound at all politically motivated. Just another jack ass Sycophant. Very unprofessional. FireModly Remove him. ¡ Otro necio que ha pasado a la Historia ! ResignModly

And? He knows the way to impress the Commander-in-Chief, doesn’t he? Yes, Modly, the news media “has an agenda.” It’s to get the truth of the story, something that you have no clue about. You’re too busy protecting your unqualified arse to care about sailor safety. CrozierIsAHero Dude needs to take a hike.

Sounds really weird 🙄 who’s gonna play him in the movie His hair plugs make Trump’s hair look natural by comparison. Maybe that’s why Trump likes him. Disgraceful address to the crew. Our Navy should not accept this substandard behavior. He needs removed immediately!! Capt. Crozier should be reinstated. Modly is a lame lapdog and a disgrace. This administration is a plague on this country. Why is this acceptable?

Arrogant enough to think he can tough-talk the sailors into turning against their trusted captain. Another low quality trump hire He needs to resign. He is a disgrace Kick him to the curb. Talk about unprofessional! ModlyMustResign Another gem. What were Modly's qualifications for being appointed acting Secretary of the Navy? Seven years of service after graduating from the Naval Academy. His official bio doesn't list his rank at separation, but it was likely below that of the captain he fired.

So he’s looking for a promotion from the President. This is the cracker version of shucking and jiving for the master. we’ve seen quite a bit during the impeachment in the legislative, but it warms the cockles to see the corporate mercenaries join in. That’s just how we roll anymore folks. Sad. BeBest, right Flotus? Your husband brings out the a**hole in people.

Acting Secretary Modly needs to move on. Leadership ignorance personified! When you follow protocol and it falls on deaf ears, you alter your course for the good of all. Answer when you are called upon, sir. You failed to do your job for the captain and his crew. Another leak?!? Is there no end to this Deep State Virus

So how many years do he serve? Wonder how well it went over with the crew. The secretary lacks leadership skills. Leadership should be his number 1 attribute. Kissing trumps ass is not an attribute. The end of civilization as we know it. Fire the bum! Everyone in this administration is trash.. It's like Trump follows a manual called 'How to Hire the Very Worst People Every Time'

Listen to the reaction on the ship when this weakling calls Captain Crozier either « naive or stupid ». Fire this bum now! DOUCHE BAG Modly is a steaming hot pile of garbage and needs to be canned. He made a special trip to Guam just to tell worried sailors that their CO was stupid and chide them for cheering for him.

He needs to resign He sounds fun The real profanity was the content of his speech, not the four-letter words. We need an investigation to find out how NPR got $75 million in the Coronavirus bill. Were bribes paid? Kickbacks? DefundNPR This is how the trickle down theory works.

Acting Navy secretary blasts ousted aircraft carrier captain as 'stupid' in address to ship's crewThe acting secretary of the Navy calls the now-ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt 'stupid' over coronavirus memo the acting secretary must be too naive or too stupid to think that, in this day & age of information, his remarks wouldn’t leak out to the public irony How come idiots make it to the position of acting secretary of the Navy? What a despicable slug! He’s acting just like his boss.

Sailors reportedly 'livid' with acting Navy secretary after he blasts captain who expressed coronavirus concernsA speech by acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly to the aircraft carrier crew whose captain he relieved April 2 has exposed him to accusations of hypocrisy and led to calls for him to be fired. It was okay for him to express his concerns but he knows he was to do it using the chain of command. He failed to do that.🇺🇸😷⛑️ Keep calling

Acting Navy secretary stands by tough criticism of fired captain of aircraft carrierActing Navy Sec. standing by tough words to USS Theodore Roosevelt crew, in which he blasted their ex-captain as 'too naive or too stupid to command a ship' amid fallout over leaked letter requesting stronger measures to stem the ship's spread of COVID-19. seems like a good time to kneel in front of the flag in protest of the government's disregard for lives, this time sailors' lives If SECNAV really wants to see stupidity he should look in the mirror. “Too stupid to command a ship” lol if so why the heck was he promoted as captain of a Carrier?

Acting Navy Secretary Slams Fired Captain as ‘Stupid’In a speech one crew member described as “whiny' and 'condescending,' the U.S. Navy’s top civilian visited the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and excoriated the ship's fired commander, who was removed when his plea for help to curb a coronavirus outbreak leaked Classless actions from the Trump regime. Go figure 🤷‍♂️ I know very little about how the Navy works, but it seems EXTREMELY odd that the Secretary of the Navy would address the crew like this. 🤯 Seems extremely unprofessional. This undermines the excuses in Modly's letter, where he'd said he believed Cpt. Crozier showed bad judgment, but out of a sincere desire to protect his subordinates. Beyond contradicting his letter, Modly's comments now leaking shows the same bad judgment he accused Crozier of.

Acting Navy Secretary Calls Ousted Captain 'Stupid' In Speech To Ship's CrewThomas Modly shocked the crew when he slammed Capt. Brett Crozier for sending an email about the coronavirus outbreak on board. The Navy Secretary should be fired for speaking so harshly about another Navy comrade. Chain of Command I assume he repeated what he was told to say?

Acting Navy Secretary Upbraids Aircraft Carrier’s Captain Over Ship’s IntercomActing Navy Secretary Thomas Modly addressed the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt to defend his decision to fire the aircraft carrier’s commander who wrote a memo last week demanding more urgent action to address an outbreak of coronavirus. What a charming motivational man he is........not 👍👏🏻 Guess the crew showed him up and he didn’t like it. Good for the crew. I like this.