Howard Schultz apologizes after he claims to have spent more time as a 2020 candidate with military

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Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is the viewing of the installation is a stand-alone application for the presidency in the year 2020, apologized on Thursday for saying he has more time had served in the military as one of the candidates who have registered for the race, admitting he was “wrong”.

The flap is put back Schultz, a billionaire with no prior government experience was on the defensive. Democrats have spent weeks, Schultz, and open-back attack to worry that an independent run of parts of your base and hand the White house to President Trump.

Two democratic candidates veterans: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, and South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg. Gabbard served in Iraq with the Hawaii Army National Guard from 2004 to 2005, and Buttigieg is a veteran of the Afghanistan war, after a tour with the naval Reserve, served as an intelligence officer.

Schultz made the comments in an interview on Thursday with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.


“Do you consider yourself as to competently carry out the American military?” Hewitt asked.

“Yes, I do,” Schultz replied. “I’ve probably spent more time in the last ten years, certainly as someone running for President, with the military. I’ve been to Okinawa. I got to Kuwait. I have been with Marines, with the army. I’ve been in the national training center in the Mojave desert.”

Schultz also pointed out that he was “good friends” in the military, including retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and William McRaven, a retired admiral, was in charge of the bin Laden RAID in Pakistan.

Soon after Schultz’s comments aired, Buttigieg, he tweeted did not “recall seeing any Starbucks” in Afghanistan, where he deployed in 2013.

“I remember a Green bean coffee on the stock exchange in Bagram, and a decent espresso machine, the Italian NATO element in the ISAF headquarters,” wrote Buttigieg. “But I don’t remember, to see all the Starbucks there . . .”

After that, Schultz tweeted that managers must take responsibility for mistakes, and his comment “was wrong”.

“I apologize to @PeteButtigieg and @TulsiGabbard, served our country with honor,” Schultz wrote on Twitter. “In that moment, I made something that should unite us all, about me. I made a mistake and I apologize.”


A flood of mocking posts quickly appeared on social media. But earlier in the week, Schultz, indicated that he was aware that his campaign would critique the face of fierce and unknown future against the wind, — and said the fight was worth the cost anyway.

“I refuse to be deterred by the naysayers,” Schultz said, “because I love this country and because so much on the game.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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