Howard Schultz, the outgoing chairman of Starbucks, on Tuesday remained coy about whether he’s gearing up for a 2020 presidential run, even as he continued to lay the groundwork for such a move.
"There’s a lot of things I can do as a private citizen other than run for the presidency of the United States," Schultz said on CNBC. "Let’s just see what happens."
Schultz on Monday announced that he would step down from Starbucks, immediately stoking speculation that he’s planning to enter politics – a notion he’s appeared to flirt with for years.
The longtime Starbucks executive has taken an increasingly active role in societal issues, such as health care, and has been a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, while supporting Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential run.
Schultz on Tuesday continued to rail against Trump.
"I think the issues that we are facing in terms of the dysfunction and polarization that exists within the government is really based on a systematic problem of ideology and I think we need a very different view of how the government and how the country should be run," Schultz said.
He also appeared to promote his own experience as the leader of a company that is part of the daily lives of millions of Americans.
"It’s been a long time, I think, since anyone within the government has really walked in the shoes of the American people and done the things that would demonstrate the humanity of what is the values of the country and the guiding principle of the promise of America," Schultz said.
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