Maple Leaf Foods CEO lambastes "narcissist in Washington" for plane crash in Iran

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      In a surprise move, the head of one of Canada’s most well-known meat companies has used his company’s social media to publicly denounce the American government.

      Maple Leaf Foods president and CEO Michael McCain used his company’s Twitter account to express his outrage about the crash of Ukraine International Airlines’ Flight 752, in which 176 passengers and crew members died after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport.

      There were 63 Canadians among them.

      In a series of four tweets on Twitter on January 12, McCain stated he wanted to share his personal reflections and explained that a colleague of his at his company lost his wife and his 11-year-old son in the crash.

      He explained that he is “very angry, and time isn’t making me less angry”.

      He ripped into U.S. President Donald Trump, who he didn’t name but referred to him as “a narcissist in Washington” who “tears world accomplishments apart; destabilizes region”.

      A total of 15 British Columbians died in the crash, including students from UBC and Langara College.

      “We are mourning and I am livid,” he said in closing.

      On January 11, Iran’s state television network reported that a military statement said that the plane was shot down in error and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani apologized for “this disastrous mistake”.

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