David A. Fahrenthold and Jonathan O’Connell, reporting for The Washington Post:
T-Mobile’s patronage of President Trump’s Washington hotel
increased sharply after the announcement in April of its merger
with Sprint, with executives spending about $195,000 at the
property since then, the company told congressional Democrats in a
letter last month.
Before news of the megadeal between rival companies broke on April
29, the company said, only two top officials from T-Mobile had
ever stayed at Trump’s hotel, with one overnight stay each in
But the day after the merger’s announcement, nine of T-Mobile’s
top executives were scheduled to check in, The Washington Post
reported in January. The Post, relying on internal Trump hotel
documents, found that T-Mobile executives had reserved at least 52
nights at the hotel since the announcement.
Two stays at Trump’s hotel, ever, until T-Mobile needed this acquisition approved, and then they drop almost $200,000 in a year. Shame on Trump and his administration for running the federal government as a patronage racket — but shame on T-Mobile, too, for participating in it.