U.S. defense chief backs Navy ouster amid report captain has coronavirus

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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the Navy’s controversial decision to remove the commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, who was reported on Sunday to have tested positive for COVID-19 as the number of its sailors with the highly-contagious disease also grew.

“Secretary Modly made a tough decision, a tough call. I have full faith and confidence in him and the Navy leadership, and I support their decision,” Esper told ABC News’ “This Week” program. “This is a chain of command issue. It’s an issue of trust and confidence in the captain of the ship.”

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