Fired Navy captain Brett Crozier tests positive for coronavirus after his letter sounding the alarm about the outbreak about the USS Theodore aircraft carrier went public, according to a report on Sunday.
Crozier started showing symptoms of coronavirus before he was removed from the vessel last Thursday, the New York Times reported.
Captain Crozier was fired after a copy of his letter was obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle and was made public. He sent a letter to Navy leaders pleading for the crew to be quarantined and the ship disinfected while it was in port in Guam.
The NY Times reports that Crozier “was being quarantined in “distinguished visitors quarters” on Naval Base Guam, according to two of his classmates. It is unclear when he was first tested for Covid-19 or when he received his results.”
The report comes as the death toll rose to more than 9,000 in the U.S. and as it continues to spread across the country, including to rural areas.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden ripped Trump saying that Crozier’s firing was close to criminal. “I think it’s close to criminal the way they’re dealing with this guy. Not his conduct. The idea that this man stood up and said what had to be said, got it out that his troops, his Navy personnel were in danger,in danger — look how many have the virus,” Biden said during an interview on ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
“I think it’s close to criminal the way they’re dealing with this guy,” Joe Biden tells @GStephanopoulos about the Navy firing captain of the Theodore Roosevelt. “…I think he should have a commendation rather than be fired.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 5, 2020
CNN’s Jake Tapper slammed Donald Trump during his closing statement on State of the Union on Sunday, saying “this is not about winning the newscycle on Fox News.”