In a 60 Minutes interview on January 27, 2019, Howard Schultz, the billionaire former CEO of Starbucks, tells Scott Pelley he believes Donald Trump is not qualified to lead the U.S. and that politicians in both parties are failing the American people. The wide-ranging interview with Schultz that includes discussion of his life and his plans on keeping his business and his campaign separate if he decides to run for president in 2020.
Howard Schultz: Not only will I be on the ballot of every state, all 50 states, but we’ll be on the ballot in every county, in every district, that we have done that work.
Scott Pelley: Would the stores be part of this? Is there going to be a Schultz 2020 button on every green apron across the country?
Howard Schultz: Uh, no there would be a complete separation between me and the company.
Scott Pelley: What we know is that no independent has ever come close to winning.
Howard Schultz: What we know, factually, is that over 40 percent of the electorate is either a registered Independent or currently affiliates themselves as an Independent. Because the American people are exhausted. Their trust has been broken. And they are looking for a better choice.
Howard Schultz: We elected an African-American president. I’m old enough to remember in 1960 when John F. Kennedy was running and there was an outcry of hate that no one Catholic should be president. I am Jewish, I have faith in God. I am not running as a Jew if I decide to run for president I’m running as an American who happens to be Jewish.
Scott Pelley: Would you release your tax returns?
Howard Schultz: 100 percent. Yes.
Scott Pelley: Well, Donald Trump said that.
Howard Schultz: I will. We can do it today, if you want Scott
Howard Schultz: I think, like most people, I’m, I’ve become bored with President Trump and his tweets.