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Amazon lawsuit blames Trump for loss of Pentagon cloud contract

Added 12-09-19 02:03:02pm EST - “Amazon.com Inc on Monday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of exerting "i...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Amazon lawsuit blames Trump for loss of Pentagon cloud contract”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Monday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of exerting “improper pressure” and bias that led the Department of Defense to award a lucrative $10 billion cloud contract to rival Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O).

In a complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Amazon said Trump launched “repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer” the Pentagon cloud contract called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, popularly known as JEDI, away from Amazon Web Services.

The heavily redacted complaint said Trump’s motive was to “harm his perceived political enemy-Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of AWS’s parent company, Amazon.com...and owner of the Washington Post.”

Trump’s interference made it impossible for the Pentagon to judge a winner “reasonably, consistently, an in a fair and equal manner,” Amazon said.

Trump has long criticized Bezos and Amazon over low tax payments and accused the Washington Post of acting as a lobbyist for Bezos and Amazon and spreading “fake news.”

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