Pentagons decision to give a $10 billion contract to Microsoft is being disputed to Amazon.
The CEO of Amazon’s cloud services mentioned that at an internal meeting the firm would “protest the decision and push the government to shine a light on what really happened,” according to Federal Times. The paperwork has already been filed by Amazon.The contract has to do with the building of the Defense Department’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI). “Numerous aspects of the JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors and unmistakable bias — and it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified,” an Amazon spokesperson told the Federal Times.
Amazon was a top contender for the contract, but some evidence pointed towards Donald Trump in the involvement in the process.
Trump Criticized Amazons CEO Jeff Bezos, multiple times before. In 2017, he said that deals between Amazon and Postal Service had made USPS “dumber and poorer.” Trump mentioned that the administration was getting “tremendous complaints from other companies” about the contract from other companies.
More questions arise from that time: a new book claims that Trump told his former Defense Secretary James Mattis to “screw Amazon” on the contract. If Trumps involvement is true, Amazon may have room to argue that the bidding process was improper.