During an event at Arizona State University to promote his memoir From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America, former Starbucks CEO and potential presidential candidate Howard Schultz accidentally labeled the media as “fake news.”
An attendee asked Schultz during the event on Thursday “if he agrees with President Trump on the existence of a ‘fake media,'” according to thePhoenix New Times.
“When I hear the president say that the media is the enemy of the state, I could not agree with that more,” Schultz responded.
ASU president and moderator Michael Crow then pressed him on whether he had misspoken. “No, no no! I didn’t mean to say that,” Schultz confirmed. “Did I say that?”
After the event ended, Schultz tried to clarify his remarks to a group of reporters, “Of course the press is not the enemy of the state. So, I hope you all get that.”
Earlier in the day, Schultz deleted a tweet that promoted a post from PJMedia that called Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) “shrill” and fellow candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Fauxcahontas,” saying that an aide had sent the tweet and the article hadn’t been fully vetted.