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Maple Leaf Foods CEO takes aim at Trump over Iran plane crash

Maple Leaf Foods CEO, Michael McCain, took to Twitter Sunday night to share "personal reflections" about last week's fatal plane crash in Tehran, which claimed the lives of 57 Canadians and 81 other passengers.

McCain expressed anger and sadness in the Twitter thread, and shared that a Maple Leaf Foods colleague had lost their wife and family in the "irresponsible series of events in Iran."

The tweets were sent from the packaged meat company's official account.

"U.S. government leaders unconstrained by checks/balances, concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes. The world knows Iran is a dangerous state, but the world found a path to contain it; not perfect but by most accounts it was the right direction," McCain wrote. 

He went on to say that "a narcissist in Washington" had destabilized the region, resulting in heightened tensions. McCain notes the killing of  Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top general, calling it irresponsible behaviour, and connects the killing to the cause of the downed plane. 

"The collateral damage of this irresponsible, dangerous, ill-conceived behavior? 63 Canadians needlessly lost their lives in the crossfire, including the family of one of my MLF colleagues (his wife + 11 year old son)! We are mourning and I am livid," McCain said in the final tweet of the thread. 

Last week Iran admitted to mistakenly shooting down the Ukrainian flight as Tehran braced for retaliation after firing surface-to-air missiles at two U.S bases in Iraq. The ballistic missile attack was a response to the killing of Soleimani.

Iran has said the Ukrainian Airlines plane was mistaken for a hostile target amid tensions with the U.S. The crash was at first blamed on a mechanical malfunction. 

The Twitter thread has been widely shared and has warranted thousands of responses from across the world. 

Many Canadians have praised McCain for his statement, calling it "refreshing" and "rare." 

The statement comes after a many vigils were held over the weekend across the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Edmonton on Sunday at a memorial for the victims of the plane crash. 

While the thread has been met with support, there undoubtedly is some blacklash over what McCain said.

Many Americans have responded to the post, some sending condolences and praise, while others are in disagreement with the post. 

Some Canadians are upset with the post too. One Twitter user responded with frustration over McCain's lack of recognition of Iran's history. 

McCain ended his thread by saying "We are mourning and I am livid."

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