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Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz takes ‘detour’ from presidential bid

Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz takes ‘detour’ from presidential bid
Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he’s taking a “detour” from a possible independent presidential bid, citing health concerns. (Michael Conroy / AP)

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says he's taking a "detour" from a possible independent presidential bid.

The billionaire businessman cited health concerns in a message to supporters, and said he's taking the summer to rest and will revisit his presidential ambitions after Labor Day.

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Two aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions are confirming that Schultz's Seattle-based campaign has made significant staffing cuts.

Schultz writes that he's taking "this detour from the road reluctantly." He says his "concern for our country's future remains, as does my belief that the American people deserve so much more from our elected officials."

Schultz faced intense resistance earlier in the year from Democratic activists who feared an independent run would give President Trump an easier path to reelection.

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