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American businessman and former acting Secretary of the United States Navy

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Thomas Modly: American businessman and former acting Secretary of the United States Navy
Thomas B. Modly is an American businessman and government official who served as acting United States Secretary of the Navy from November 25, 2019 to April 7, 2020. After firing and berating Brett Crozier, the captain of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, for allegedly going outside his chain of command in calling for help to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak onboard, Modly traveled to the ship at port in Guam. There, he addressed the crew in a manner that was perceived as being disrespectful. He was subsequently widely criticized and resigned the following day.

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Navy considers reinstating fired captain [Video]

Navy considers reinstating fired captain

In an extraordinary reversal, the U.S. Navy has recommended reinstating the fired captain of the coronavirus-hit aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, whose crew hailed him as a hero willing to risk his..

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Fiery Pants? Modly Exaggerated Reason For Firing USS Theodore Roosevelt Commander [Video]

Fiery Pants? Modly Exaggerated Reason For Firing USS Theodore Roosevelt Commander

Capt. Brett Crozier used to be the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. That is, until he was relieved of his command on April 2nd, by now-former Acting Secretary of the..

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Sailor on U.S. carrier dies of COVID-19 [Video]

Sailor on U.S. carrier dies of COVID-19

An outbreak aboard the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt exploded into public view when the commander wrote to his superiors begging for help to combat the illness and embarrassing navy..

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Navy Chief calls fired captain ‘stupid’: Officials [Video]

Navy Chief calls fired captain ‘stupid’: Officials

Hailed a hero by many of his sailors, former U.S. Navy Captain Brett Crozier was branded “stupid” by his top boss over the weekend in a speech broadcast aboard the ship in Guam, Reuters has..

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Trump Wanted To Fire Navy Captain Who Pleaded For Help [Video]

Trump Wanted To Fire Navy Captain Who Pleaded For Help

AP Photo/Alex Brandon Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly reportedly told a colleague that President Donald Trump wanted to fire the commander of an aircraft carrier who warned of the coronavirus..

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U.S. Navy relieves commander who wrote letter urging coronavirus action [Video]

U.S. Navy relieves commander who wrote letter urging coronavirus action

The U.S. Navy announced on Thursday it had relieved the commander of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking Navy leadership for..

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Navy secretary sought OK for $243,000 flight to COVID-stricken ship after returning from Guam

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's urgent request to fly to Guam was OK'd by the Pentagon the day after he returned. The trip cost $243,000.
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Top Pentagon officials defend $243,000 cost of Navy secretary's trip to Guam

Top Pentagon officials defended acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's trip, during which he demeaned the ship's fired captain.
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Ex-U.S. Navy secretary's Guam trip to ridicule commander cost taxpayers $243,000: officials

Former acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's controversial trip to Guam over the weekend where he ridiculed the commander of a coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier cost taxpayers at least..
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Cost of Navy secretary's trip to Guam? $243,000, his job and isolation after exposure to coronavirus

Former acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly's trip to Guam to address sailors on the stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt cost $243,000.
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Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has resigned after calling captain 'stupid.' Here's what we know.

A timeline of events from the first reported cases of coronavirus on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt to Modly's resignation Tuesday.
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'I own it:' U.S. Navy secretary resigns over handling of coronavirus-hit carrier

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday after he faced mounting backlash for firing and ridiculing the commander of a U.S. aircraft carrier who pleaded for help stemming a coronavirus..
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Pentagon chief accepts acting Navy Secretary's resignation

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that he had accepted Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's resignation.
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Acting Navy secretary offers to resign over handling of carrier crisis

Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has offered his resignation after coming under fire for his handling of a crisis involving the captain of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, a U.S...
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House Speaker wants Navy leader's removal, despite apology

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Tuesday for the removal of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, despite Modly's apology for ridiculing the commander of a..
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Acting Navy secretary forced out after bungled firing of USS Theodore Roosevelt's captain

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is out after a profanity-laced speech about Capt. Brett Crozier, who was fired for pleading for help for his crew.
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Navy Captain Firing: Pressure Mounts to Remove Leader Thomas Modly

Even President Trump, who initially backed the acting secretary’s handling of the issue, seemed to have second thoughts. “I may look into it,” the president told reporters.
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Acting U.S. Navy secretary apologizes to carrier commander after rebuke

Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly issued an apology on Monday to the former commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier after sharply criticizing him in a speech to his crew, just days..
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Key House Democrat calls for removal of acting U.S. Navy head

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, a Democrat, called on Monday for the removal of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly and said he had lost confidence in him..
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Acting Navy Secretary Slams Fired Captain as ‘Stupid’

Thomas B. Modly addressed the crew of the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt in a speech that one crew member described as “whiny, upset, irritated, condescending.”
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Acting U.S. Navy chief says fired ship captain may have been 'stupid': officials

Acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, in a surprise speech aboard a coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier, told the crew that their fired captain may have been "stupid," officials told Reuters..
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Exclusive: Navy probe to decide future of fired U.S. carrier commander

Even as he is hailed as a hero by his crew, the fired commander of a coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier is being reassigned while investigators consider whether he should face disciplinary..
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Exclusive: Hailed by his crew, fired U.S. carrier captain to be reassigned during probe

Even as he is hailed as a hero by his crew, the fired commander of a coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier is being reassigned while investigators consider whether he should face disciplinary..
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Iran could take 'provocative actions' in Middle East: top U.S. Navy official

Iran could carry out "provocative actions" in the Strait of Hormuz and elsewhere in that region in the future despite a period of relative calm, acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said on Friday.
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