SEATTLE - The former CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, confirmed he is going an alternative direction regarding his potential independent run for the presidency.
Schultz, a billionaire, said in a message to his supporters his health was a concern, and also explained he is taking the summer to rest and will relook at his motive for a presidential run after Labor Day.
Two aides confirmed that Schultz’s campaign, which is based in Seattle, has made a drastic amount of staffing cuts, The Associated Press reports.
The discussions were discussed internally and the sides spoke on condition of anonymity.
Schultz wrote he is taking “this detour from the road reluctantly.” Schultz said his “concern for our country’s future remains, as does my belief that the American people deserve so much more from our elected officials.”
He faced intense resistance earlier in the year from Democratic activists who feared an independent run would give President Donald Trump an easier path to re-election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.