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    Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has resigned, a U.S. official told Fox News on Tuesday, one day after Modly apologized for suggesting the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt was either "too na´ve or too stupid" -- or perhaps even deliberately insubordinate -- over his handling of the ship's coronavirus outbreak.

    Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke privately with Modly one-on-one earlier Tuesday morning, Fox News is told. Modley arrived at the conclusion that he should submit his resignation on his own, the sources said, and Esper then spoke to the president, who accepted the reason for the resignation.

    "This morning I accepted Secretary Modly's resignation," Esper tweeted Tuesday afternoon. "With the approval of the President, I am appointing current Army Undersecretary Jim McPherson as acting Secretary of the Navy."

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/nav...sevelt-crozier

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    Modly Resigns As Acting Navy Chief After Firing Warship Skipper And Calling Him Stupid

    April 7, 20204:57 PM ET

    DAVID WELNA

    Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

    Five days after firing the commander of a coronavirus-crippled U.S. Navy aircraft carrier and a day after apologizing for calling that skipper naive and stupid in heated remarks to that warship's crew, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly called it quits. Defense Secretary Esper has accepted his resignation.

    Modly submitted his resignation amid public outrage over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt and growing demands from congressional Democrats for his removal.

    Esper said Modly resigned "of his own accord, putting the Navy and the Sailors above self so that the U.S.S. Roosevelt and the Navy can move forward." Esper said he is appointing Army Undersecretary Jim McPherson to succeed Modly.

    Modly's departure as the Navy's top political official comes two weeks after the drama of the Roosevelt began, when the warship confirmed its first three cases of COVID-19 among more than 5,800 crew members after making port calls in Vietnam.

    An impassioned memo emailed to superior officials and dated March 30 from the carrier's commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, described an "accelerating" crisis aboard and pleaded for swift removal of its crew to adequate quarantine housing in Guam, where the warship is currently docked.

    Publication of the leaked memo on March 31 by the San Francisco Chronicle sparked a furor over whether Crozier had intentionally exposed the weakened condition of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

    On Thursday, Modly sacked Crozier, a decision he called his own. He then paid a surprise visit to the Roosevelt on Monday morning local time, where he addressed the crew over the ship's loudspeakers, sprinkling his remarks with obscenities and accusing Crozier of betrayal.

    Modly was appointed acting Navy secretary in Nov. 2019 after Richard Spencer was forced out as the Navy's top civilian in a dispute over President Trump's support for Navy Seal Edward Gallagher, who had been accused of war crimes.

    News of Modly's departure after just five months at the helm of the Navy came at the same hour that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded his resignation or removal, saying he had shown "a serious lack of the sound judgment and strong leadership needed during this time.

    Adam Smith, the Washington State Democrat who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, also called for Modly's ouster.

    "Acting Secretary Modly's decision to address the sailors on the Roosevelt and personally attack Captain Crozier," Smith wrote on the committee's website, "shows a tone-deaf approach more focused on personal ego than one of the calm, steady leadership we so desperately need in this crisis."

    In an op-ed column on Monday in The Washington Post, Modly is described as wanting to spare President Trump from having to fire Crozier.

    "I didn't want to get into a decision where the president would feel that he had to intervene because the Navy couldn't be decisive," Modly is quoting as telling the Post's David Ignatius.

    Trump has gone from supporting Crozier's removal at a news conference on Saturday — "I thought it was terrible what he did, to write a letter" — to suggesting on Monday that Modly may have overreacted.

    "His career prior to that was very good," Trump said of Crozier. "I don't want to destroy somebody for having a bad day."

    The fate of Crozier remains uncertain. He is reported by The New York Times to be housed in "distinguished visitors quarters" at Naval Base Guam after testing positive for coronavirus.

    An official Navy investigation of Crozier's handling of the coronavirus outbreak on the Roosevelt and his efforts to draw attention to the ship's plight was to have been concluded Monday. But according to a statement to USNI News from the Navy, it will be several more days before that report comes out.


    On Thursday, Modly sacked Crozier, a decision he called his own. He then paid a surprise visit to the Roosevelt on Monday morning local time, where he addressed the crew over the ship's loudspeakers, sprinkling his remarks with obscenities and accusing Crozier of betrayal.

    Modly was appointed acting Navy secretary in Nov. 2019 after Richard Spencer was forced out as the Navy's top civilian in a dispute over President Trump's support for Navy Seal Edward Gallagher, who had been accused of war crimes.


    https://www.npr.org/2020/04/07/829107952/modly-reportedly-submits-resignation-as-acting-navy-chief-over-warship-skipper-f

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    Well its still a long way 4 to 8 weeks of this maybe. They are thinking of the economy opening back up 4 to 8 WEEKS that is still a Long Long time. Many things that were planned in June or July have been pushed into the middle of August. So grin and bare it. Nothing else we can do. So it will be a Very Short summer season If At All.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Man View Post
    .... On Thursday, Modly sacked Crozier, a decision he called his own.
    ... after receiving a "nod" from the pied trumpster.

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    Well, Like I said, it’s getting tedious. Even looking at her scarves every day is getting tedious

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear View Post
    He really stepped on his dick.
    I'll bet that was tricky with his foot in his mouth... wait...
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