Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., listens during an Economic Club of Washington discussion in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.
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Amazon says President Donald Trump launched "behind-the-scenes attacks" against the company, which led to it losing out on a major contract for cloud services.
In a new filing made public on Monday, Amazon Web Services lays out why it's protesting the Department of Defense's decision to award Microsoft the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract. AWS claims it didn't win the JEDI contract, which could be worth as much as $10 billion, as a result of repeated public and private attacks against Amazon and, specifically, its CEO Jeff Bezos.
"DoD's substantial and pervasive errors are hard to understand and impossible to assess separate and apart from the President's repeatedly expressed determination to, in the words of the President himself, 'screw Amazon,'" the filing says. "Basic justice requires re-evaluation of proposals and a new award decision."
Last month, Amazon confirmed it would protest the JEDI decision when it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The Pentagon announced Oct. 25 that Microsoft had won the contract. The deal drew immediate scrutiny because President Trump became involved and Trump often criticizes Amazon and Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.
This story is developing.