Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is reportedly taking a break from the 2020 campaign trail to recover from back surgery; calling the move a slight “detour.”
Schultz released a statement on social media Wednesday after many noticed his absence in Iowa and other pivotal campaign stops.
“In the months since I announced that I am considering running for President as a centrist Independent, I have been traveling the country, talking with and listening to people in 15 states. I’ve met with thousands of people, from family famers in Kansas and veterans in Colorado to college students in Texas and small-business owners in Florida,” stated Schultz.
“Over the following two months, I underwent three separate back surgeries. Today, I am feeling much better, and my doctors foresee a full recovery… I take this detour from the road reluctantly,” he added.
????☕️ Howard Schultz explains his absence from the thinking about running for president trail – says he's been recovering from back surgeries. pic.twitter.com/vR6Fm7VfXZ
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) June 12, 2019
“Schultz announced in January that he was ‘ running for president in 2020. But after an early media blitz and a series of appearances across the country, he mostly dropped off the radar in recent weeks, sparking questions about what exactly the status of his potential campaign was and whether he was still exploring a candidacy,” reports The Week.
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COFFEE CHAOS: California ORDERS Starbucks to WARN Customers of 'Coffee Risk'
A judge in California sided with a local non-profit group this week and ordered coffee retail giant Starbucks and other purveyors to warn customers of the drink’s “cancer risk,” saying chemicals used in the roasting process can be harmful to people’s health.
“The lawsuit claimed those companies violated state law, which requires them to warn consumers about chemicals in the roasting process that may cause cancer. One of those chemicals is acrylamide, which is a carcinogen,” writes ABC News.
It’s unclear how one of the nation’s largest coffee manufacturers plans to comply with the ruling; with experts predicting cigarette-style warnings on future Starbuck’s disposable cups.
The judge’s decision echoes a similar lawsuit years ago, when national fast-food chain McDonald’s was compelled to warn customers of the drink’s “Hot Temperature” risk.
The move comes as California residents struggle to come to terms with decades of liberal policies and the state’s ‘Sanctuary City’ guidelines; prompting many locals to flee the region’s high taxes and soaring crime rates.
COFFEE CHAOS: President Trump Says Former Starbucks CEO ‘Doesn’t Have the Guts’ to Run in 2020
President Trump unloaded on former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Monday morning; saying the left-wing business executive doesn’t have the “guts” to run for the White House in 2020.
“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President! 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!” tweeted the Commander-in-Chief.
Howard Schultz doesn’t have the “guts” to run for President! 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2019
Trump’s comments come hours after the Starbucks CEO told reporters he was actively considering a third-party run for the White House; saying “both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people.”