Donald Trump: Howard Schultz 'Doesn’t Have the Guts to Run' in 2020

Donald Trump: Howard Schultz 'Doesn’t Have the Guts to Run' in 2020

He has hired consultants including Steve Schmidt, who managed John McCain's presidential campaign, who are said to be exploring the possibility of an independent run.

Trump added that he watched the "60 Minutes" interview and "I agree with him that he is not the "smartest person". I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!'

The former CEO sent out his first tweets on Sunday, dipping his toe in the water by announcing his run and displaying a background photo plugging his book, "From the Ground Up: A journey to reimagine the promise of America". Hundreds of unverified accounts have also responded to each of these tweets and Schultz's announcement by calling for a boycott.

According to Schultz, 65, "We're living at a most fragile time".

"I'll say it this way: We'll be fully resourced to do what's necessary", he said.

Last fall I spent over $100 million of my own money to elect Democrats to the House because I believed it was absolutely imperative to ensure a congressional counterweight to President Trump. In reality, most Independents have strong leanings towards the ideologies of one party line or the other.

No independent candidate in US history has ever won the presidency. "And where an independent gets electoral votes - if she or he even could get any - would come disproportionately from blue states". Apparently concerned that he could siphon votes away from the Democratic candidate, some proposed a boycott.

Now I have never been a partisan guy - and it's no secret that I looked at an independent bid in the past.

Julian Castro, a former top US housing official who launched a bid for the Democratic nomination earlier this month, told CNN that he was anxious an independent run by Schultz "would provide Donald Trump with his best hope of getting re-elected". "Our nation faces a serious crisis due to the actions of Donald Trump, and you would split the vote against him".

In an interview that aired on "60 Minutes" Sunday, Schultz told CBS' Scott Pelley, "I am seriously thinking of running for president".

While Mr Schultz did single out free healthcare for all, a policy backed by leading Democrats, for criticism - he called it unaffordable - the businessman is closer in policy to that party that then the Republicans. Bring me your ideas. "Because I am not, in any way, in bed with a party".

Schultz blamed both parties for the country's $21.5 trillion debt, which he portrayed as "a reckless example" of the "failure of their constitutional responsibility".

Most analysts agree that the United States national debt ballooned after in 2017 Republicans in the Senate passed and Trump signed a swingeing tax cut favouring wealthier Americans.

On paper, Schultz offers a number of qualities that might appeal to voters.

Schultz stepped down as CEO of the Seattle-based coffee empire at the end of the year in 2016, turning the company over to current CEO Kevin Johnson.

In 2011, he enlisted other business leaders in a pledge to boycott USA political campaign donations until Congress could find a solution to growing national debt.

Schultz indirectly addressed the uproar in a video posted on social media Monday. During that time, he also committed to hiring 10,000 veterans at Starbucks (In 2017, he also committed to hiring 10,000 refugees in stores around the world).

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