The acting chief of the U.S. navy apologized Monday for criticizing the captain of the coronavirus-hit USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier who he relieved of command for raising concerns over the outbreak. 

Thomas Modly launched the broadside during surprise remarks to the aircraft carrier’s crew, transcripts and audio recordings of which were leaked to the media.

He said Capt. Brett Crozier was either “too naive or too stupid” to remain in command if he thought his letter to Navy leaders warning of the outbreak would not be leaked to the press.

“Let me be clear: I do not think

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