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Trump says Howard Schultz "doesn't have the guts" for 2020 run

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President Trump and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. Photos: Getty Images

President Trump questioned the intelligence of former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in a Monday morning tweet after Schultz publicly mused about a "centrist independent" presidential run to take on Trump 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!"

The big picture: Schultz outlined his reasoning for considering jumping into the race in an interview with Axios' Mike Allen, saying, "I'll gauge the level of interest in what I've come to believe over the last year — that a choice between Donald Trump and a far-left-leaning progressive Democrat provides a wide and large opportunity."

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