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Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has said he is “seriously considering” running for president in 2020.

Howard Schultz, who stepped down as Starbucks’ boss in 2018, says he is considering running as a centrist independent candidate in 2020.

In a series of tweets, he said the current two political parties in the US were “more divided than ever”.

During an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, Howard Schultz said he had been a “lifelong Democrat” but criticized the current two-party dominated system.

He said: “We’re living at a most-fragile time not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day, in revenge politics.”

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro is among those who have criticized the move.

Julián Castro told CNN that Howard Schultz’s potential run could give President Donald Trump the “best hope of getting re-elected” by splitting the opposition vote.

He said: “I would suggest to Mr. Schultz to truly think about the negative impact that might make.”

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Howard Schultz rebuffed that criticism during his CBS interview, insisting: “I wanna see the American people win.

“I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, Republican. Bring me your ideas and I will be an independent person, who will embrace those ideas. Because I am not, in any way, in bed with a party.”

Howard Schultz, a former espresso machine salesman, grew up in public housing in Brooklyn, New York.

He started working for the original Seattle Starbucks chain back in 1982 when it only had 11 outlets selling coffee beans.

Howard Schultz, now 65, acquired the company in 1987 and by the time he stepped down in 2018, it had grown to 28,000 cafe in 77 countries around the world.

He frequently used his position to speak out on social issues like immigration and gun control.

He now has an estimated fortune of about $3 billion and is a regular donor to Democrat campaigns, including that of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Howard Schultz’s departure as CEO of Starbucks last year sparked rumor of his political ambitions.

His comments on January 27 prompted coffee-themed criticism by some on social media.

The Washington State Democrats posted a photograph, without comment, of a Starbucks cup with: “Don’t do it Howard” written on.

Democrats Julian Castro and Tulsi Gabbard have announced that they will challenge for the US presidency in 2020.

Julian Castro launched his campaign on January 12, and Tulsi Gabbard has said she will make a formal announcement within a week.

The ex-Obama Housing Chief is expected to be the only Latino in the race, and Tulsi Gabbard is the first Hindu member of Congress.

Both enter what could be a crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge President Donald Trump.

Until now only former congressman John Delaney has formally launched a campaign, more than a year ago.

However, Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren announced last month she was setting up an exploratory committee to consider a run.

Julian Castro, 44, made his announcement in his home town of San Antonio, Texas, where he was mayor from 2009 to 2014.

Long seen as a rising star in the party, Julian Castro served as housing secretary under President Barack Obama and was on the list of Hillary Clinton’s potential running mates for the 2016 election.

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Having a Mexican grandmother, he has used his background to criticize Donald Trump’s calls to build a wall to keep out migrants from Latin America.

Launching his bid under the slogan “One nation, one destiny”, Julian Castro said: “We say no to the construction of the wall and yes to the construction of communities.”

Julian Castro said his grandmother would have been amazed at his success and that of his brother Joaquin, a member of the US Congress.

Analysts say Julian Castro does not have widespread name recognition and may struggle to make an impression in a crowded field.

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Kanye West said he will run for president in 2020 as he received the lifetime achievement award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

During his rambling speech, Kanye West said: “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

Cheered on by his wife Kim Kardashian, Kanye West got an extended standing ovation when he was picking up the Video Vanguard lifetime achievement award.

The rapper also appeared to confess to smoking weed before taking the stage.

“I will die for the art, for what I believe in and I ain’t always gonna be polite.

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“I rolled up a little something. I got the answer. We’re the millenials bro.”

Taylor Swift won video of the year for Bad Blood.

She also took best pop video for Blank Space.

Taylor Swift was crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards.

She won four of her 10 nominations, including Video of the Year for Bad Blood with Kendrick Lamar and Best Pop Video for Blank Space.

She also buried the hatchet with rapper Nicki Minaj, embracing her former rival on stage during a brief version of Bad Blood.

The show was hosted by Miley Cyrus.

Miley Cyrus released her new album for free after coming off stage.