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While he is ostensibly supposed to be considering an independent bid to deny Donald Trump a second term, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has endorsed one of Trump’s most controversial and signature policies.
Schultz said he endorses the hard line Trump is taking with the southern border.
“Now, the issue that we have to recognize is this: President Trump is correct, and the Republican leadership is correct that we need fierce, strict levels of control on that border … in illegal immigrants should not come in,” said Schultz, who served separate stints as CEO and chairman of the popular coffee chain.
“I don’t want to get into a wall or anything but I agree we should fund whatever we need to do to secure the border. I get that,” Schultz added, referring to Trump’s desire to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico.
“Now, the humanity issue — one more thing. The Democrats are not correct,” Schultz said, in apparent reference to those Democrats who have called for de-funding or reforming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
“We should be funding ICE and give them all the tools and resources they need to secure the borders and arrest the bad people. Whatever they need, give them all the resources.”
Schultz has said that he would run a centrist independent campaign, but Democrats complain that a Schultz candidacy would just split the vote and help Trump win a second term.
During his appearance in an on-air town hall broadcast on Fox News, Schultz also addressed the recent spate of accusations of inappropriate contact between women and former vice president Joe Biden, as Biden may himself join the race for the White House.
“Well, what I would say is that there is no reason for anyone to believe that these women are not telling the truth. But it’s really up to the voters whether or not vice president Biden is qualified to run. I think this kind of behavior certainly is inconsistent with how to behave and how to respect women, and it’s concerning,” Schultz said. “However, vice president Biden has served the country for 40 years. Has been vice president for eight years.
“The only thing I would ask is one question. Why is this coming up now? I’m not questioning the women on any level, but it’s concerning to me that all of a sudden, on the eve of whether he was going to announce or not, this is all of a sudden coming up. It’s concerning,” he added.