Mobile spent $195,000 at Trump's DC hotel since announcing Sprint merger

The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. in 2017. T Mobile has spent about $195,000 at the president’s hotel since April

The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. in 2017. T Mobile has spent about $195,000 at the president’s hotel since April

Mobile communications provider T-Mobile acknowledged to Congress that while they had barely used the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. prior to their announcement of a deal to merge with Sprint, this changed significantly after the deal was made. The missive was sent in response to questions from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Pramila Jayapal, both Democrats, and both of whom sent letters to T-Mobile questioning its use of the Trump International Hotel.

This amount is only 14% of what the company spent on hotels in the area during that time frame, but it was enough for Democrats to take notice and voice concerns, since Trump administration officials (specifically those in the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice's antitrust division) are now reviewing the T-Mobile-Sprint deal before deciding whether or not to approve it.

Anthony Russo, T-Mobile's vice president of federal legislative affairs, confirmed the spending in a February 21 letter to lawmakers obtained by The Washington Post and published by the newspaper Tuesday morning.

T-Mobile's patronage of President Donald Trump's hotel here increased sharply after last April's announcement of its merger with Sprint, with executives since spending about $195,000 at the property, the company told congressional Democrats in a letter last month.

The company said the Trump hotel expenses were just 14 percent of its total spent at Washington area hotels during that period.

"The American people deserve better than an administration that appears to be for sale to businesses eager to line the President's pockets", Warren and Jayapal said in a joint statement.

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The Washington Post first reported that nine of the company's executives were scheduled to check in to the hotel the day after the merger was announced, and later reported that the company had reserved at least 52 nights at the hotel since the deal, which required administration approval since the deal was announced. About half of that was spent at Hilton hotels, he noted.

In his letter, Legere wrote that he has stayed at Trump Hotels in Chicago, New York and Washington.

"T-Mobile respects the regulatory review process underway concerning our pending merger with Sprint", Russo, the company's vice president of federal legislative affairs, wrote in the letter to Warren and Jayapal.

T-Mobile didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. Legere complained about a street drummer outside a Trump hotel, which prompted Trump to call T Mobile's service "terrible" in a tweet. And the president considers the Justice Department to be his personal plaything, according to those inside the White House.

Trump and Legere feuded publicly in 2015. When the media questioned all of the social media images of the executive standing inside Trump International Hotel, the CEO quickly posted pictures showing him staying at another well-known hotel in D.C.

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