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U.S. representative says Iran to blame for plane crash after Trudeau cites escalating tensions

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 (Provided by cbc.ca)

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy placed blame squarely on Iran Tuesday for escalating tensions in the Middle East, while insisting America was not at fault for the downing of a Ukrainian Airlines flight that killed 57 Canadians.

"There’s no blame here for America. America stood up once again for freedom. Iran went past a red line they had not gone past before killing a US citizen -- Iran shot down a commercial airliner there’s no doubt where the blame lies," Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy said when asked about comments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a Global News interview on Monday.

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When asked whether Canadians were "collateral damage" in the tension between the U.S. and Iran during an interview with Global News' Dawna Friesen Monday, Trudeau stressed the need for de-escalation.

" a close up of Justin Trudeau looking at the camera: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 11, 2020. © REUTERS/Blair Gable Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada January 11, 2020. If there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families. This is something that happens when you have conflict and war. Innocents bare the brunt of it and it is a reminder why all of us need to work so hard on de-escalation, on moving forward to reduce tensions and find a pathway that doesn't involve further conflict," Trudeau said during the interview Monday.

On Tuesday, McCarthy pointed to a resolution supported by Iranian and Jewish communities in Canada that would list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

"Trudeau is right about what Iran has been doing," said McCarthy. "Iran is wrong and that's why that resolution should be on the floor and why that resolution should pass."

During Monday's interview, Trudeau did not specify whether a specific country was to blame.

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