President Trump said he would "get involved" and review the decision to fire the captain of the Navy's USS Theodore Roosevelt, even as the Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly berated the former captain in an audio recording leaked on Monday.
Moldly addressed the crew aboard the ship Sunday and bashed Crozier for writing a letter, which warned that the outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the ship had created a dire situation on the carrier, calling him a "too naïve or too stupid" to be a commanding officer, multiple sources confirmed to Fox News.
Moldly apologized Monday evening for his remarks against Crozier, which were laced with profanity, saying in a statement "Let me be clear, I do not think Captain Brett Crozier is naive nor stupid.
Navy officials said some 173 sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for COVID-19, and 61 percent of the crew has been tested in all, with about 2,000 sailors moving ashore.
Crozier, who was beloved by the sailors aboard the ship, himself tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend.