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The Trump feud that torpedoed Amazon's bid to win a $14.6b Pentagon contract
As news emerged that Microsoft had beaten rival Amazon to the most coveted and bitterly contested Pentagon contract in decades, the word that kept cropping up in reports was "surprise".
The $10 billion ($14.6 billion) Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (Jedi) "war cloud" computing contract, which is set to drastically modernise the US military's computer systems, was initially believed to be "gift-wrapped" for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Rivals complained that the bidding process was rigged to favour Amazon, that holds a 48 per cent share of the $US250 billion ($366 billion) cloud market.
In truth, the decision to deny Amazon had likely been on the cards for months - or at least from the moment that Donald Trump, the president, took a personal interest in the bidding process.
In July Mr Trump said that he had received "tremendous complaints about the contract with the Pentagon and with Amazon". This followed the dismissal of a lawsuit by competing company Oracle, which claimed the process was "riddled with improprieties". Oracle's boss Safra Catz was also reported to have complained privately to Trump about Jedi.
CNN reported that a White House source said that the president wanted to "scuttle" the bidding process.
Federal acquisition laws forbid government officials, including the president, from influencing contract awards such as Jedi. But since the initial intervention in July, Mr Trump and some of his closest allies have made clear that they wanted to further scrutinise Amazon's seemingly clear path to the contract.
The public pressure over the last few months from the Trump administration has been acute.
Guy Snodgrass, a former speech writer for James Mattis, claims that Trump called the former defence secretary in 2018 and told him to "screw Amazon" out of the $US10 billion contract, an order he says Mattis refused. Mattis announced his resignation from the Trump administration in December after a series of policy disagreements.
"It's important that we maintain a fair and competitive process for DoD contracts, but for the president to use the power of his office to punish critics in the media would be a complete abuse of power," Virginia Senator Mark Warner said on Twitter. "This does not pass the smell test & we need some answers."
originally posted by: grey580
a reply to: TheConstruKctionofLight
Trump used his influence as President to deny someone a government contract?
Way to go, sure, let's piss off someone with billions of dollars so they can go sue the government. Pretty sure they will find some emails, evidence or testimony that will lead to a loss of tax payer dollars.
originally posted by: dfnj2015
What would have been Republican reaction if the word "Trump" were replaced by the word "Obama" and this happened before 2016.
originally posted by: Tempter
As someone who is literally performing a POC on Azure vs AWS for a top company, I can understand why.
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