The commander of a US Navy aircraft carrier is requesting urgent guidance from the Pentagon as an outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus spreads among its crew.
Captain Brett Crozier stated that “the spread of the disease is ongoing and accelerating” in a letter to the Secretary of the Navy on Monday. Reports indicate that more than 50 sailors assigned to the ship have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, presenting a serious danger for those currently on board.
Crozier described an urgent situation in his letter to the Pentagon.
“This will require a political solution but it is the right thing to do.” Crozier was calling for means to quarantine the entire crew of his ship away from the vessel. “We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors.”
“Keeping over 4,000 young men and women on board the TR is an unnecessary risk and breaks faith with those Sailors entrusted to our care.”
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier is currently docked at a naval base at the Pacific island of Guam. The crew of the ship is quarantined to the vessel on account of the outbreak, although five service members in serious medical conditions were taken to shore.
It’s extremely difficult to practice social distancing aboard the innately close-quarters environment of a naval vessel. The coronavirus has already proven capable of spreading with devastating effect aboard cruise ships, vessels that afford far more personal space to their inhabitants than aircraft carriers.
As of Tuesday night, the Navy is reported to be seeking a solution to quarantine the ship’s four-thousand strong crew at a location away from the Theodore Roosevelt. Sailors may be removed away from the ship in increments, returning after 14-day isolation periods after which they test negative for the disease.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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