Amazon says Trump pressured Pentagon to award lucrative cloud computing deal to Microsoft

by Daniel Payne · Dec 9th, 2019 3:11 pm

E-commerce and cloud computing giant Amazon argued in court filings unsealed on Monday that it had lost a major contract with the Pentagon due to President Trump's applying "improper pressure" to the Department of Defense, allegedly in an effort to disadvantage Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

The company said Trump had launched both public and private attacks on the potential deal and on Amazon itself. The company had sought to win the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, contract, which is reputed to be worth as much as $10 billion over the next decade.

The contract was awarded to Amazon competitor Microsoft.

Trump in July ordered an investigation into the contract, claiming he had received "tremendous complaints" about it. He has also publicly slammed Bezos for what he said was unfavorable coverage from The Washington Post, which Bezos owns.


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