Amazon Accuses Trump of ‘Improper Pressure’ on JEDI Contract

Amazon Accuses Trump of ‘Improper Pressure’ on JEDI Contract
By: WNG NYT Posted On: December 09, 2019 View: 38

Amazon Accuses Trump of ‘Improper Pressure’ on JEDI Contract

Amazon said in a legal complaint unsealed on Monday that it had lost a multibillion-dollar cloud computing contract with the Pentagon because President Trump used “improper pressure” to divert it from the company to harm its chief executive, Jeff Bezos.

Amazon had been considered the front-runner for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure project, known as JEDI, partly because it had built cloud services for the Central Intelligence Agency. It is also the country’s biggest cloud computing provider. But in October, the Pentagon awarded the contract to Microsoft.

Mr. Trump has openly criticized Mr. Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. The president has accused the paper of spreading “fake news.”

In its complaint, Amazon said that Mr. Trump attacked the company behind the scenes to hurt Mr. Bezos, “his perceived political enemy.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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