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Howard Schultz apologizes after claim on military experience



The observation gained a rapid reproach from the Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg; the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is a veteran and was deployed in 2014.

Buttigieg is not the only presidential candidate of 2020 with a significant military background. The Tulsi Gabbard representative from Hawaii, who is also running, joined the Hawaii National Guard in 2002 and volunteered to deploy in 2004, serving on two trips, including in Iraq.

Schultz tweeted the apology Thursday afternoon : "I said today that I spent more time with the military than any presidential candidate. And it was wrong. and @TulsiGabbard who served our country honorably. At that time I did something that should unite all of us, about me, I made a mistake and I apologize. "

Schultz had appeared on the radio show by conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt last Thursday, saying to the guest: "I probably spent more time in the last decade, certainly more than anyone else for president with the military". He cited a series of visits to military bases and friendships with retired immigrant William McRaven and retired general Stanley McChrystal.

Buttigieg ̵

1; a lieutenant of the Marina Reserve who was deployed in Afghanistan in 2014 – had previously shot Schultz's claim.

"I remember a Green Beans Coffee at the exchange of Bagram and a decent espresso machine managed by the Italian NATO element at the ISAF headquarters, but I don't remember seeing Starbucks down there …", the mayor tweeted hours after Schultz's interview.


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