Now that the election is over, President-Elect Trump has met with President Obama and the transition process has begun, many are looking to the future to see what a Trump Presidency will mean for them. Many CEO's have sent out letters to their employees since Wednesday morning, talking about the election and throwing support behind President-Elect Trump now. That includes T-Mobile's CEO John Legere and Sprint's CEO Marcelo Claure.
Legere supporting Trump may be a bit more surprising than Claure supporting him. Many may remember the heated Twitter battle that Trump and Legere had last year, regarding T-Mobile service in the Trump Tower. In a letter to his employees, Legere sounded much like Hillary Clinton and President Obama did the day after the election. Talking about how divided the country is right now, and that "many are unsure how to think about the new president-elect." He also noted that however you voted, "as Americans, we must honor the democratic process and give our president-elect an opportunity to govern and unite this country." He finishes off his letter by asking everyone to "help T-Mobile, to help the country and help each other unite and move forward."
Claure's letter to his employees and Sprint's partners was much the same (although not as similar as Melania Trump's speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention and Michelle Obama's speech from the 2008 Democratic National Convention), and urged that it's time for everyone to move forward. Claure and Sprint's Chairman, Masayoshi Son have a special interest in President-Elect Trump now. It wasn't long ago that Sprint was looking to purchase T-Mobile. But regulators kept telling both Son and Claure that they would not approve such a deal. Thus, Son was waiting for a new president to attempt to buy the magenta carrier once again. Since Trump will be appointing a new FCC in the next few weeks, they feel they may get a different response. So, even though Claure was a Hillary Clinton supporter, he is looking to cooperate with Trump and hopefully get a deal done to merge with T-Mobile and really bring the competition to AT&T and Verizon.
This means that 2017 and the rest of Donald Trump's term as president of the United States could be pretty interesting. As a republican coming in and replacing a democrat, many things will be changing. While Sprint is hoping they can strike a deal to merge with T-Mobile, AT&T is hoping that Trump doesn't block their buyout of Time Warner from going through. Something he vowed to do on the campaign trail, after AT&T made the announcement. It'll be an interesting four years in the world of wireless.