Brett Crozier

Defense Secretary Mark Esper Reviewing Whether to Reinstate Captain Crozier

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is deciding whether to take the Navy’s recommendation to reinstate Navy Capt. Brett Crozier as the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt — the aircraft carrier that was sidelined in Guam with a coronavirus outbreak — after the service concluded its investigation into his actions on Friday.

Capt. Brett Crozier addresses the crew for the first time as commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) during a change of command ceremony on the ship’s flight deck. Crozier relieved Capt. Carlos Sardiello to become the 16th commanding officer of Theodore Roosevelt. (U.S. Navy photo …

Biden: Firing of USS Theodore Roosevelt Captain Was ‘Close to Criminal’

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former Vice President Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said the firing of Capt. Brett Crozier, the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, for sending a letter requesting a quarantined after an outbreak of coronavirus on his ship was “close to criminal.”

Former US Vice President and Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus, during a press event in Wilmington, Delaware on March 12, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)