Former Starbucks CEO apologizes for claiming he spent ‘more time’ with the military than other 2020 presidential candidates
During a radio interview on Thursday, former CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz opened his mouth and quickly inserted his foot, claiming that he spent more time with the military than other 2020 presidential candidates.
It’s a claim he walked back real friggin’ fast.
The mistake occurred during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt. Schultz, who is considering a 2020 run as an independent, was asked if he had enough familiarity with the military to serve as commander in chief, CBS News reported.
“Yes, I do,” Schultz said. “I probably have spent more time — in the last decade, certainly — than anyone running for president, with the military. I’ve been to Okinawa. I’ve been to Kuwait. I’ve — with Marines, with the Army. I’ve been to the national training center in Mojave Desert.”
Schultz apparently didn’t realize that two military veterans have already announced their intention to run in the next election: Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who are both military veterans.
Buttigieg deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve in 2013, Stars and Stripes reported. Gabbard served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, as well as Kuwait from 2008 to 2009 as a field medical unit as a specialist. And Buttigieg, for his part, wasn’t going to let this slide:
After Buttigieg pointed out Schultz’s gaffe on Twitter, the former coffee exec walked his comments back in a pair of tweets:
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