Brett E. Crozier, the Navy captain who was removed from command of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, has tested positive for Covid-19, according to two Naval Academy classmates of Crozier’s who are close to him and his family.
A Navy spokesman declined to comment on Crozier’s Covid status.
The commander began exhibiting symptoms before he was removed from the warship on Thursday, two of his classmates said.
Sending such a letter, Modly said, caused unnecessary alarm about the operational readiness of the ship and undermined the chain of command.
“In sending it out pretty broadly, he did not take care to ensure that it couldn’t be leaked,” Modly said.
In a briefing Saturday, President Trump offered support for Modly’s decision.
“He shouldn’t be talking that way in a letter,” the president said of Crozier. »