Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly offered to resign on Tuesday following an uproar over a profanity-laced address to the crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, according to a senior defense official with knowledge of the matter.
Modly submitted his resignation letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday after meeting with his boss one-on-one, that official said. Neither Esper nor the White House pressured Modly to resign, the official said, and it is unclear whether Esper will accept it.
NEW: Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on Thomas Modly to resign after the acting Navy secretary drew intense criticism for his comments about the former USS Theodore Roosevelt captain. https://t.co/enBjyW0NJm pic.twitter.com/cu2rTf0OQT
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