'It Was Terrible What He Did': Trump Rips Navy Captain Who Sounded Alarm On His Sick Sailors
Added 04-04-20 09:54:02pm EST - “"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," Trump said ...” - Huffpost.com
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President Donald Trump on Saturday lashed the Navy captain who was relieved of duty this week after he pleaded with military authorities in a letter for help for sailors with COVID-19 on his aircraft carrier.
“I thought it was terrible what he did, to write a letter,” an annoyed Trump said at his press briefing, referring to the action by Captain Brett Crozier. “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, who also noted that he doesn’t “know much about it,” said that Crozier’s letter “raised alarm bells unnecessarily.”
Crozier, formerly of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, sent the letter seeking help for a coronavirus outbreak on his ship in a nonsecure unclassified email. It leaked to the media. More than 100 of 4,000 sailors on the ship had already tested positive for COVID-19 when Cozier sent the plea Monday.
“The letter was a five-page letter from a captain, and the letter was all over the place,” Trump complained. “That’s not appropriate. I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
Here is Captain Crozier walking away from his ship while sailors chant his name after he was relieved from duty for blowing the whistle on a coronavirus contamination aboard the USS Roosevelt.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) April 3, 2020
He sacrificed himself and it sounds like everyone knows it. pic.twitter.com/hwiu7Z1MVV
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