Trump, in full campaign mode, grinds up Starbucks CEO’s presidential dreams, mocks him over rent payment

President Donald Trump appears to be in prime campaign trim, given his response to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz telling “60 Minutes” Sunday night that he may launch an independent bid for president.

Trump took to his usual social media platform early Monday to say Schultz “doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run.”

“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President!” the president tweeted. “Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”

The remarks is reminiscent of his no holds barred stance during the 2016 election, both in the crowded GOP primary and then in the general election up against media favorite Hillary Clinton.

And while his tactics drew plenty of scorn, Trump prevailed in both contests and now calls 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home.

Schultz, a Democrat, was highly critical of his party and the GOP for their “reckless failure” of constitutional responsibility.

The businessman mentioned Trump in the interview — they always do — saying he “was not qualified to be the president.”


Schultz also dismissed Trump’s social media habits.

“I think, like most people, I’ve become bored with President Trump and his tweets,” he said.

As for Trump’s comments about Schultz not being the smartest person, this came from the interview while he was discussing his business experience. Schultz told CBS he had “a long history of recognizing, I’m not the smartest person in the room.”

“In order to make great decisions about complex problems,” Schultz said, “I have to recruit and attract people who are smarter than me and more experienced, more skilled, and we’ve got to create an understanding that we need a creative debate in the room to make these kind of decisions.”

Schultz got a rude introduction to the fanatic, hard-left Democratic base when he said he may run as an independent. Zealots, to include many in the media, tore into him on social media, insisting that his efforts would split the vote and assure that Trump is reelected.

His fellow Democrats weren’t too keen on the idea either.

Which would suggest there may be a method to his madness in that Trump’s tweet challenging Schultz — see taunting — could go a long way toward pushing him into the race.

Tom Tillison


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