“This morning I accepted the resignation of Minister Modley. With the President’s consent, I’m appointing James McPherson, Deputy Army Secretary, to the post of Navy Acting Secretary, ”Esper wrote on Twitter.

This morning I accepted Secretary Modly's resignation. With the approval of the President, I am appointing current Army Undersecretary Jim McPherson as acting Secretary of the Navy. pic.twitter.com/FvfgOwuXw4

- @EsperDoD (@EsperDoD) April 7, 2020

Earlier, Thomas Modley said that 2.7 thousand people will be removed from the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt due to the coronavirus.

According to him, COVID-19 was detected in 93 crew members of the ship.