Maple Leafs Food CEO criticizes the ‘narcissist in Washington’ after Iran deaths

Clay Curtis
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. McCain clearly and purposely identified himself and his tweets as his personal thoughts, posted to the brand's Twitter account.

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

176 people died when a Ukraine International Airlines Flight was shot down by an Iranian missile last Wednesday.

They were retaliating for the USA killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

He says there are multiple levels of risk when a business leader enters a political debate, including backlash from Canadian and American consumers, as well as possible retaliation from the USA government.

Without explicitly naming Mr Trump, he suggested "a narcissist in Washington" ultimately caused the air tragedy.

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"The world knows Iran is a risky state, but the world found a path to contain it; not flawless but by most accounts it was the right direction", McCain said. Iran said the air defences were fired in error while on alert after the missile strikes on USA targets in Iraq.

Iran has admitted the plane was mistaken for a hostile target amid those soaring tensions with the United States, after first pinning the crash on a mechanical failure.

Iran responded with a barrage of missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq, inflicting no casualties in what was seen as an attempt to prevent a spiral of escalation. "There are a hundred like him, standing next in line", read his next tweet, seemingly referring to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to call for an airstrike to kill Soleimani.

It seems like the CEO of Maple Leaf Foods had some things to get off his chest Sunday night.

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". Maple Leaf Foods plans to open a large poultry plant in London, slated to begin operations in 2021. In response, Janet Riley, the company's vice-president of communications and public affairs, said in an email that McCain "would prefer to let the messages in his tweets speak for themselves".

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