Acting Nevy Sec. Apologizes for Comments Blasting Ousted Captain: I Don’t Think He’s ‘Naive and Stupid’

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 21: Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, participates in a discussion on defense strategy, and key initiatives in the FY 2020 budget, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, on February 21, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly has apologized after comments he made blasting a recently-ousted Navy captain.

Captain Brett Crozier was removed after sending out a letter requesting assistance over a coronavirus breakout on his ship. The letter ended up getting leaked to the press and Modly dismissed Crozier, who reportedly now has the coronavirus himself.

Modly spoke to sailors on that ship to address his decision, saying, “If he didn’t
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