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There Is A Chain Of Command For A Reason

Jeff Katz
April 06, 2020 - 1:45 pm

President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that he backed "100 percent" the Navy's decision to fire Capt. Brett Crozier, commander of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Speaking at the coronavirus task force briefing, the president said, "I don’t know much about it, I can only tell you this. Here we have one of the greatest ships in the world - nuclear aircraft carrier, incredible ship with thousands and thousands of people, and you had about 120 that were infected."

He added, "Now, well I guess the captain stopped in Vietnam, people got off in Vietnam - perhaps you don’t do that in the middle of a pandemic or something that looked like it was going to be. History would say you don’t necessarily stop and let your sailors get off, number one. But more importantly, he wrote a letter. 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."

President Trump also said, "I didn’t make the decision. The secretary of defense was involved, a lot of people were involved, I thought it was terrible what he did, to write a letter, I mean, this isn’t a class on literature, this is a captain of a massive ship that’s nuclear powered. And he shouldn’t be talking that way in a letter, he could call and ask and suggest. But he stopped in Vietnam, a lot of people got off the boat, they came back and they had infection. And I thought it was inappropriate for the captain of a ship to do … I agree with their decision 100 percent."