Trump on Whistleblowing Navy Captain: “It Was Terrible What He Did”
The coronavirus is everywhere, not just on land, but on the sea as well. There are a number of cruise ships with confirmed cases. COVID-19 has also infiltrated a US Naval Ship, the USS Roosevelt, which has at least 93 confirmed cases.
After raising alarm about the situation, Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his duties. When asked about the situation, President Donald Trump blasted the officer, saying that he had done a terrible thing.
Captain Crozier’s men certainly appreciated his effort to keep them safe. A video of the crew cheering the man as he left the ship went viral on social media.
Trump was asked about the decision to relieve Crozier during his Saturday press conference. “I thought it was terrible what he did, to write a letter,” he said. “This isn’t a class on literature. This is a captain of a massive ship that’s nuclear-powered. He shouldn’t be talking that way in a letter.”
The President continued, “The letter was a five-page letter from a captain, and the letter was all over the place. That’s not appropriate. I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
Trump’s likely 2020 competitor, Joe Biden, had a very different take on the situation. He said in a statement, “[Acting Naval Secretary Thomas Modley] shot the messenger — a commanding officer who was faithful to both his national security mission and his duty to care for his sailors, and who rightly focused attention on a broader concern about how to maintain military readiness during this pandemic.”