Canadian CEO blasts Trump over downed plane in Iran: 'I am livid'

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said Iran must take full responsibility for shooting down the plane, which was carrying 138 passengers bound for Canada, including 57 Canadian citizens.

"According to the National Post, McCain knew the colleague personally and asked his staff to send out those tweets on the company's account".

"I am very angry, and time isn't making me less angry".

Mourners light candles for the victims of Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752-which was shot down in Iran-during a vigil at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, Ontario on January 9, 2020.

McCain's tweets echoed criticism of Trump's actions towards Iran, in particular the killing of Iranian Quds force leader Qasem Soleimani, by Democrats on Capitol Hill who have blamed the president for what they say was an unnecessary provocation of Iran without the authorization of Congress.

McCain said the Trump administration was "unconstrained by checks/balances" and "concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes".

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.

Iran said its air defences were fired in error while on alert after Iranian missile strikes on US targets in Iraq.

Janey Riley, the vice president of communications and public affairs at Maple Leaf Foods, confirmed the authenticity of the tweets on Sunday. "The world knows Iran is a unsafe state, but the world found a path to contain it". "U.S. now unwelcomed everywhere in the area including Iraq; tensions escalated to feverish pitch". Taking out despicable military leader terrorist?

Mr McCain, whose company employs more than 11,000 people, said the death of his colleague's family members was "the collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behaviour".

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

For those thinking McCain may have a PR crisis tomorrow morning, the 68-year-old executive is often cited as a CEO standard bearer in good crisis response for how he handled a 2008 listeria outbreak in Maple Leaf Foods products that killed 20 people.

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