Howard Schultz: Can't think of 2 businessmen more different than Trump and myself

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz attempted to separate himself as a businessman from the president this week, saying his experience qualifies him more than then-candidate Donald Trump.

Schultz, who has fueled rumors that he intends to run as a third-party candidate, told the “Fox News Rundown” podcast that despite running on the same platform as Trump did in 2016 - a businessman who offered a different perspective than the corrupt politicians in Washington - he was never given an “inheritance” to start out.

“I've run a public company I started from nothing. The only inheritance I got was a belief in the country from my mother.”

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Schultz also pointed out that running his company, which was named the fifth most admired and respected company in the world by Fortune magazine in 2018, has given him a plethora of political experience.

“As a public company, I was a fiduciary, a responsible person to shareholders. Politically speaking, I've negotiated contracts and relationships in 77 countries, with governments, with foreign partners in order to build Starbucks.”

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Schultz argued that the greatest distinction between him and Trump was his “character.”

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“I can't think of two businesspeople that could be more different than our current president and myself.”

Schultz will be featured at a Fox News Town Hall live on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The event will be moderated by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.