The Washington Post has reported that executives from T-Mobile booked at least 52 nights in Trump’s DC hotel while seeking his approval for a merger with Sprint. As scrutiny of the deal is mounting, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) demanded information about whether or not Trump was informed of where the T-Mobile executives stayed.
The “VIP Arrivals” list issued daily by the Trump International Hotel to its staff showed that T-Mobile executives stayed at Trump’s hotel repeatedly. Nine T-Mobile executives were set to check into the hotel the day after the merger was announced. Thirty-eight nights at the hotel were reported, but 14 more nights have just been revealed. When Legere stayed at the Trump hotel for two nights in January, his room had a rate of $2,246 per night.
Eric Trump, who runs day-to-day operations at the hotel said that the hotel does not play a role in politics. He says that the hotel offers good service and “it should come as no surprise that a CEO of a major corporation would want to stay with us.”
Legere said that he chose the hotel because it was comfortable, secure, and convenient. He said he was “certainly not” trying to influence the Trump administration’s decision on the merger.
Warren and Jaypal asked if any Trump administration officials were involved in the booking of the hotel. They also asked for a full accounting of T-Mobile’s spending during their stay at the hotel.
The lawmakers wrote that the transactions “raise questions about whether T-Mobile is attempting to curry favor with the President through the Trump Organization and exacerbate our concerns about the President’s continued financial relationship with the Trump Organization.”
T-Mobile announced its attempt at a merger with Sprint last year. T-Mobile said that merging with Sprint would allow the companies to lower prices and expand a 4G data network more quickly. It now needs "approval from the Justice Department, which enforces antitrust laws, and from the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates cellphone airwaves." Neither department has made a decision yet.