Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modley submitted his resignation letter Tuesday amid a fierce backlash after leaked audio showed him calling the recently ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt “stupid” in an address to the ship’s crew, according to CNN
Crozier’s ouster set off a political firestorm, with many hailing the captain as a hero for sounding the alarm.
In the leaked audio, a distraught member of the ship’s crew can be heard shouting, “What the [expletive]!” during Modley’s speech.
Yesterday, angered Twitter users caused the hashtag #ResignModley to trend worldwide. In an about face, the Secretary issued an apology for his statements on Monday night.