Schultz adviser slams Trump for 'childish games,' says top priority is to defeat him

Schultz adviser slams Trump for 'childish games,' says top priority is to defeat him
© Getty Images

An adviser to Howard Schultz on Tuesday slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE over a tweet Trump sent this week attacking the former Starbucks CEO.

Bill Burton, during an interview on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront," called the tweet "childish games" and said Schultz's main priority is defeating Trump. Schultz has said he is seriously considering running for president as an independent in 2020.


Trump in a tweet Monday said Schultz "doesn't have the 'guts' to run" for president.

"You have a president who is setting an awful tone on Twitter. It's taking everybody else down in the gutter with him," Burton said when asked about the tweet.

"Howard Schultz didn't respond to that tweet because he doesn't think that childish games deserve a response. He's not going to respond to a lot of the childishness on the internet," Burton continued.

Burton added that he wasn't "taking off the table that [Schultz will] never respond to a Trump tweet."

"It's so foolish we even have to talk about it because of who the president is. But I'm saying that [Schultz] is trying to elevate this debate. There's nothing more important to him than beating Donald Trump. He thinks he’s fundamentally unfit for office," Burton said.

Schultz gave a similar response to the tweet when he was asked about it Monday, calling it "childish" during a CNBC interview in New York.

“I’m not going to respond to that. It’s childish. I’m not trying to win the Twitter primary,” Schultz said.