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Ethics watchdog calls out Trump for threatening Starbucks to ‘keep putting money in his pocket’

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Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with technology executives at Trump Tower in New York City (AFP Photo/Drew Angerer)

An ethics watchdog flagged a tweet from President Donald Trump that appeared to threaten Starbucks over a possible political challenge from its former CEO.

Trump responded in his customary form to media coverage of Howard Schultz considering a presidential campaign as an independent.

“Howard Schultz doesn’t have the ‘guts’ to run for President!” Trump tweeted Monday morning. “Watched him on @60Minutes last night and I agree with him that he is not the ‘smartest person.’ Besides, America already has that! I only hope that Starbucks is still paying me their rent in Trump Tower!”

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Robert Maguire, research director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was aghast.

“The President of the United States — who still profits from his private company in office — just called out a major U.S. corporation and said they better keep putting money in his pocket,” Maguire tweeted. “This is unheard of.”

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