US Navy Reportedly Relieved Commander Of His Duties After He Reported COVID-19 Outbreak Aboard Aircraft Carrier

Trump just proved once again that he really doesn't care about the welfare of the troops.


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USS Theodore Roosevelt commander Captain Brett Crozier wrote a letter desperately seeking help from the Navy to save the lives of the 4,000 men and women serving under him from the coronavirus. And now he’s been fired for it.

Crozier’s letter urged the Navy to evacuate the ship to properly quarantine the sailors on Guam after many crew members were stricken with the coronavirus on a close-quartered ship with an inadequate medical bay to handle a pandemic.

He also contradicted Trump’s claim that we are at “war” and the letter leaked to the press, which is how we know that Trump can’t even protect the military from the virus and that his terrible response to the pandemic has weakened national security.

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Rather than reward Captain Crozier, however, Trump’s Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly relieved him of command instead.

“I have no doubt in my mind that Captain Crozier did what he thought was in the best interest of the safety and well-being of his crew,” Modly said. “Unfortunately, it did the opposite. It unnecessarily raised the alarm of the families of our sailors and Marines with no plans to address those concerns.”

Modly claimed that Crozier “allowed the complexity of the challenge of the COVID breakout on the ship to overwhelm his ability to act professionally.”

Modly also sought to shield Trump by taking credit for punishing Crozier.

“The responsibility for this decision rests with me,” he said. “I expect no congratulations for it. Captain Crozier is an incredible man.”

If he’s so “incredible,” why relieve him of duty? He sought to save lives and bring attention to the plight of his ship. Did Trump and the Navy expect him and 4,000 more sailors to just die in silence so as not to reveal the depths of Trump’s incompetent handling of the pandemic?

Twitter users were outraged by the decision, especially since Trump pardoned a Navy SEAL accused of committing war crimes.

The firing of Crozier is a national disgrace that our troops and their families won’t soon forget. They need to know they serve under good commanders who won’t take their lives for granted. Crozier should be promoted and hailed as a hero, not the opposite.

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