President Trump stated he agreed with the Navy’s decision to fire Capt. Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the usTheodore Roosevelt, after a memo by which the captain pleaded for help with a coronavirus outbreak at sea leaked to the media.
The president stated Saturday that it was inappropriate for Capt. Crozier to write down the four-page memo by which he demanded that superiors enable him to take the service to the port in Guam to dump sailors stricken with Covid-19, the pneumonialike illness attributable to the virus. As of Friday, 132 of the ship’s sailors had examined constructive.
“I assumed it was horrible, what he did. To jot down a letter? I imply, this isn’t a category on literature,” Mr. Trump stated throughout a White Home information convention. “It is a captain of a large ship that’s nuclear-powered and he shouldn’t be speaking that approach in a letter. He may name and ask and counsel.”
The president additionally stated sailors shouldn’t have left the ship to remain in Vietnam. Whereas officers don’t know for sure how the virus got here onto the ship, roughly 30 sailors had stayed at a lodge throughout a port go to in Vietnam earlier in March.
“Maybe you don’t try this in the course of a pandemic or one thing that appears prefer it was going to be. Historical past would say you don’t essentially cease and let your sailors get off,” Mr. Trump stated.
The president stated he helps the choice to alleviate Capt. Crozier, however wasn’t concerned in it.
The united statesTheodore Roosevelt’s crew have stood behind Capt. Crozier, with movies posted on social media on Friday showing sailors cheering him because the captain disembarked the ship.
After the choice to alleviate Capt. Crozier was introduced, some sailors within the U.S. Navy reacted by telling mates they won’t re-enlist as a result of they noticed the transfer as an indication of insufficient management concern for his or her security, in accordance with enlisted personnel.
Mr. Trump declined to straight tackle a query about whether or not he was apprehensive the choice to fireplace Capt. Crozier may end in some sailors declining to re-enlist.