Trump slams Howard Schultz after the ex-Starbucks CEO announces he's considering running for president

President Donald Trump slammed the former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on Twitter on Monday, a day after Schultz announced he was considering a presidential run.

“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President!” Trump tweeted. “Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.'”

He added: “Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”

On Sunday, Schultz said he was “seriously considering running for president as a centrist independent.”

Schultz left Starbucks in 2018 after more than three decades leading the coffee giant.

In an interview with “60 Minutes,” Schultz repeatedly criticised Trump’s lack of qualifications and cited shortcomings of both Democrats and Republicans as a reason he would run as an independent.

“Not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged every single day in revenge politics,” Schultz said.

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The CBS correspondent Scott Pelley noted a Forbes estimate that Schultz is wealthier than Trump, at $US3.4 billion. Schultz responded that his campaign would be “fully resourced” and that he would be willing to release his tax returns immediately.

Pelley also brought up the likelihood that Trump would respond on Twitter to Schultz’s run.

“I’ve become bored with President Trump and his tweets,” Schultz responded.

Schultz’s criticism of Trump began before the former Starbucks CEO parted ways with the company.

In September 2016, Schultz endorsed Hillary Clinton for president – his first time publicly endorsing a candidate. That December, he announced plans to step down as CEO, saying he would instead be focusing on Starbucks’ “social missions” as chairman.

In January 2017, he blasted Trump’s attempt to bar refugees from entering the US, leading to boycott threats from the right. That August, he wrote a piece in the Financial Times about national identity after white supremacists rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Despite Schultz’s criticism, Trump Tower in New York has a Starbucks, which Trump in 2015 described as a very successful location while calling for a boycott of Starbucks.

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