Schultz apologizes for military experience claim

By Felicia Sonmez | Washington Post

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz apologized Thursday for
suggesting that he had spent more time with the military than any
other member of the 2020 presidential field.

Two other candidates, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg
and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, are military veterans.

“Today I said I spent more time with the military than any
candidate running for president. That was wrong,” Schultz tweeted
Thursday afternoon.

“I apologize to @PeteButtigieg and @TulsiGabbard who served
our country honorably,” he added. “In that moment I made
something that should unite us all, about me. I made a mistake and
I apologize.”

Gabbard, D-Hawaii, served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii
Army National Guard in a combat zone in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and
was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009. Buttigieg, a Democrat,
was commissioned as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve in
2009 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2013.

Schultz, who is exploring an independent 2020 bid, had made the
claim in an interview Thursday morning with radio host Hugh
Hewitt.

“Do you consider yourself competent to run the American
military?” asked Hewitt, who is also a Washington Post
contributing columnist.

“Yes, I do,” Schultz replied. “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 went on to name military leaders who he said have become
“great friends” of his, including retired Army Gen. Stanley
McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and
William McRaven, a retired four-star admiral and former Navy SEAL
who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

Schultz’s apology Thursday afternoon followed a tweet by
Buttigieg in which the mayor shared a link to the former Starbucks
CEO’s remarks.

“I remember a Green Beans Coffee at the exchange at Bagram,
and a decent espresso machine run by the Italian NATO element at
ISAF HQ. But I don’t recall seeing any Starbucks over there . .
.” Buttigieg said in the tweet.

The Washington Post’s John Wagner contributed to this
report.

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Schultz apologizes for military experience claim