Amazon Accuses Trump of ‘Improper Pressure’
Amazon has formally accused US President Donald Trump of using “improper pressure” against the company in a billion-dollar contract to provide cloud computing services to the Pentagon. In October, the US government announced that Microsoft had taken the $ 10 billion bid.
Amazon was favored to take on the Department of Defense contract – called the Joint Cloud Infrastructure Defense Project (JEDI) – because it is the largest US cloud service provider and has already signed contracts with the CIA.
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The accusations are in official documents released on Monday (9). According to a 103-page formal complaint, the company makes it clear that it believes Trump was centrally involved in the government’s decision to dismiss the company and that there were “errors” in not choosing Amazon for the contract.
“They [the errors] were the result of improper pressure from President Donald J. Trump, who launched repeated attacks, publicly and behind the scenes, to push AWS [Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary] out of JEDI contracts and undermine its once-held political enemy. – Jeff P. Bezos, founder and president of Amazon, “the company said in the opening statement.
Bezos also owns the Washington Post, which Trump has accused of spreading false news and acting as a lobbyist for the tech giant. According to documents released Monday, Trump reportedly said to “sting Amazon” repeatedly during the bidding process and that such a determination is impossible to separate from mistakes made by the Department of Defense.