The CEO of Maple Leaf Foods spoke out against the United States government days after an Iranian missile accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people on board - including, he said, the family of a company employee.
After denying responsibility for the crash for days, Iranian officials admitted Saturday that a missile operator had 10 seconds to decide whether to shoot the plane, confusing it for a U.S. military craft in what Iranian officials called a "human error".
He said the five nations also included Canada - which had at least 57 passport holders aboard the doomed flight - Sweden, Afghanistan and a fifth country which he did not name.
In his condemnation, McCain said the Trump administration was "unconstrained by checks/balances" and "concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes".More news: Ligue 1 Wrap: African Star Denies Paris Saint-Germain Victory In
Ian Lee, a professor at Carleton University's Sprott School of Business, says it doesn't matter whether the comments were posted by McCain through a personal account or through the one belonging to the Maple Leaf Foods brand. Maple Leaf Foods is a public company with about 24,000 employees and annual sales revenue of about $2.5 billion.
McCain called it a "needless, irresponsible series of events", and called Trump a "narcissist", and alleged that USA officials "concocted an ill-conceived plan to divert focus from political woes". "The world knows Iran is a unsafe state, but the world found a path to contain it; not ideal but by most accounts it was the right direction", he wrote, saying he feels that "a narcissist in Washington" destabilized the region.
"A narcissist in Washington tears world accomplishments apart; destabilizes the region", said McCain.More news: Death toll rises as firefighter killed in Australian wildfires
Iran responded with a barrage of missiles at two USA bases in Iraq, inflicting no casualties in what was seen as an attempt to prevent a spiral of escalation. Taking out despicable military leader terrorist? There are a hundred like him, standing next in line ... But the simple fact is that Canada acting alone on this ensures two certain consequences: "(i) Chinese human rights policies will not change and (ii) Chinese retaliation will be uniquely directed to Canada", McCain wrote.
McCain, meanwhile, said he's still grappling with the death of his colleague's wife and 11-year-old son.
"On behalf of Maple Leaf Foods and the entire Canadian livestock and meat industry I appeal to you to withdraw this initiative".
In a statement, Housakos said that while he sympathizes with the "enormous loss being felt by Mr. McCain's colleague" and "shares Mr. McCain's anger over the atrocity that was committed against everyone on that flight and those they left behind", he believes there have been "valid" points raised about the appropriateness of McCain's comments.More news: Laura Whitmore reveals Love Island has been overshadowed by Caroline Flack's arrest