Justin Trudeau Appears To Blame Trump, US for 57 Canadians Dying on Jet Iran Shot Down


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is blaming the United States, in part, for the deaths of 57 of his nation’s citizens after Iran shot down a passenger jet last week.

“If there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” Trudeau told Canada’s Global News on Monday.

“This is something that happens when you have conflict and war,” he said. “Innocents bear the brunt of it, and it is a reminder why all of us need to work so hard on de-escalation, moving forward to reduce tensions and find a pathway that doesn’t involve further conflict and killing.”

Trudeau said he received no advanced warning of President Donald Trump’s plans to take out Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani earlier this month, but he wished he had.

The Canadian leader said he has communicated with Trump since the incident.

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“I have spoken to him and I have talked about the need to de-escalate tensions,” Trudeau said. “I’ve talked about the tremendous grief and loss that Canadians are feeling, and the need for clear answers on how this happened and how we’re going to make sure it never happens again.”

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Global News reported that Canada plans to host a meeting in London on Thursday “in which members of the International Coordination and Response Group are set to lay out their next steps for pushing for credible answers and access to [airplane’s] black box data.”

Trudeau says the goal of the meeting will be to demand justice for the victims.

“I think full admission, acknowledgment of responsibility and some form of compensation is going to have to come,” he said.

Iran’s government denied shooting down the Ukrainian International Airlines 737-800 with 176 passengers on board for days after the Jan. 7 tragedy; however, on Friday, Tehran admitted it was responsible, citing human error was the cause.

“A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted.

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“Our profound regrets, apologies and condolences to our people, to the families of all victims, and to other affected nations,” Zarif continued.

Video footage had surfaced following the crash showing what many analysts said was clear evidence of a missile strike taking down the plane.

The incident happened hours after Iran conducted missile attacks directed at military posts housing Americans in Iraq, including 1o hitting the Ain al-Asad Air Base and one striking a U.S. military base in Erbil in northern Iraq.

The United States did not retaliate.

Trump green-lit the killing of Soleimani on Jan. 3 following an attack at a U.S. base in Iraq late last month by an Iranian backed militia, which resulted in the death of an American and the wounding of four U.S. service members.

This same group then breached the outer defenses of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Dec. 31.

When Trump gave the go-ahead for the killing of Soleimani, the Iranian general was meeting in Baghdad with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias responsible for these attacks.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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