Democratic lawmakers rip into T-Mobile CEO over Trump hotel stays

T-Mobile and Sprint say merger is crucial for 5G

T-Mobile and Sprint say merger is crucial for 5G

USA lawmakers questioning the chief executives of T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp over their planned merger sparred with each other on Tuesday over T-Mobile's executives staying at President Donald Trump's hotel where they spent $195,000 while in Washington. In a letter despatched to two Democratic lawmakers final month, he defined that he selected to remain there primarily based on "availability, safety, assembly services and proximity to the actions scheduled in that metropolis".

Legere insisted that the choice to stay at the hotel was his alone and that it reflects his consistent practices in previous years. It is unclear whether Legere committed never to stay at another Trump hotel - though he did not appear to dispute Jayapal's characterization Tuesday afternoon - but in 2015 he did vow to leave one over a noise complaint.

"The digital divide is real and we want to help eliminate it", Sievert said to USA Today.

Reports note that Assurance, Sprint's Boost Mobile, Virgin Wireless and T-Mobile's Metro have been popular with masses as cost-effective alternatives to mainstream plans. The Post later reported that the nine executives spent 52 nights at the hotel after the announcement and spent a total of $195,000 at the Trump hotel over the past 10 months out of a total of $1.4 million in corporate hotel spending throughout the time period.

If approved, the merger would shrink the country's national wireless pool from four to three major carriers. But some in the government also worry that letting Sprint and T-Mobile merge could mean less competition and higher prices.

Legere and a handful of different firm executives checked in on the Trump resort the day after the deal was announced in April 2018 and a few have returned repeatedly since then. "If I may add, I made the decision", Legere said.

Legere replied that he's a "longtime Trump hotel stayer".

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Legere's response to the accusations didn't quell the lawmakers' concerns. Legere said during a run in Washington on Sunday that he posted on Twitter that he was "really looking forward" to the hearing.

On Tuesday, Jayapal said the issue of the hotel stays was significant because of allegations that Trump may have interfered in the antitrust review of another deal, AT&T's purchase of Time Warner. However, members appeared concerned that it was another possible attempt to curry favor for the merger.

The lawmaker wasn't impressed with his non-answer, saying that it "doesn't pass the smell test with the American public".

Republicans criticized their Democratic colleagues throughout the hearing for not pressing the witnesses on the effects the merger would have on consumers, but over political misgivings with the Trump administration.

"I'm anxious about these issues because I'm focused on the interest of my constituents and what I know matters in people's lives", he said.

The issue of the hotel stays flared up nearly immediately at a congressional hearing reviewing the Bellevue's company's proposed merger with Sprint.

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