Canadian CEO says the United States shares blame for Iran plane crash

Marco Green
January 13, 2020

The chief executive of Maple Leaf Foods ($MFI.TO) took to Twitter on Sunday night to spout off against the United States government, in the wake of the Iranian missile strike of Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752 that killed 176 people, including the relatives of a Maple Leaf Foods employe.

In a series of tweets on Sunday, Michael McCain said the time since Wednesday's crash has not quelled his anger over what he describes as a "needless, irresponsible series of events in Iran". Hours later, on January 8, an Iranian missile shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, killing all 176 on board - an incident that Iran has called unintentional.

The father of five said he's "very angry" and "livid", echoing comments of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, when he said he was "outraged" and "furious" after Iran admitted it shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

In a four-tweet thread, McCain blamed the American assassination of Iranian military leader Qassim Suleimani earlier this month, calling it "an ill-conceived plan" by "U.S. government leaders unconstrained by checks/balances" and ultimately on President Trump, whom he called "A narcissist in Washington".

"The world knows Iran is a risky state, but the world found a path to contain it; not ideal but by most accounts it was the right direction", he added in a series of tweets.

Iran said its air defenses were fired in error while on alert after Iranian missile strikes on USA targets in Iraq. USA now unwelcomed everywhere in the area including Iraq; tensions escalated to feverish pitch. "There are a hundred like him, standing next in line", he continued.

Without ever naming Donald Trump - referring to him instead "a narcissist in Washington" - McCain criticized the president's abandonment of the Iran nuclear agreement and the recent USA killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

"... The collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior?"

McCain, meanwhile, said he's still grappling with the death of his colleague's wife and 11-year-old son.

"We are mourning and I am livid", he wrote.

"Yes, the tweets are indeed from Michael McCain", said Janet Riley, vice-president of communications at Maple Leaf Foods.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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