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>> First and foremost our core business has never been stronger in the U.S. and around the world.>> Howard Schultz is leaving Starbucks after more than four decades. During speculation that he maybe in a new career in politics.>> We need really strong authentic trusted leaders. Not only in the world but specifically here at home.
>> He built the coffee chain into a household name growing it from just 11 stores to more than 28,000 in 77 countries. Schultz is also a major democratic donor, and has backed campaigns focused on civic engagement.>> And I've been criticized because people have said, well, your role is to create shareholder value and profit, not to use Starbucks as a political tool.
>> When a divided U.S. Congress faced a budget deadline in 2012 he asked baristas to write come together on customer's coffee cups. In 2015, the slogan became Race Together under the protest movement of the police shootings of African Americans. And last month, Schultz closed thousands of stores to provide staff with racial bias training after an incident where a manager called the police on two African Americans who asked to use the bathroom.
>> Schultz has not said what he plans to do next, but was asked last week on CBS News about his political plans.>> As you leave us you'll be heading to the green room. Senator Elizabeth Warren is there. Some people could say we're looking at two top contenders for the democratic party.
What do you say?>> I think Elizabeth Warren,
]>> Mr. Schultz.
Elizabeth Warren would be a great candidate.>> Okay.>> Starbucks said Schultz retirement would be effective June 26th.