Why Amazon Is Challenging the Trump Administration Over a Government Cloud Contract – Inc.

Why Amazon Is Challenging the Trump Administration Over a Government Cloud Contract – Inc.

Jeff Bezos
In a shocking revelation on Monday, CNBC reported that Amazon wants to depose President Donald Trump to determine whether he personally played a role in ensuring Microsoft, and not Amazon, was awarded a $10 billion government contract for cloud services to be provided to the Pentagon as part of what has become known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI). In a scathing statement to CNBC, Amazon said that it wants to determine whether Trump interfered in government operations for his own personal gain -- something the company argues he's done before. "President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use his position as president and commander in chief to interfere with government functions -- including federal procurements -- to advance his personal agenda, " the Amazon spokesperson said. "The preservation of public confidence in the nation's procurement process requires discovery and supplementation of the administrative record, particularly in light of President Trump's order to 'screw Amazon.' The question is whether the president of the United States should be allowed to use the budget of the DoD to pursue his own personal and political ends." Bezos and Trump have been at odds for years. Trump has been ....

Even if Trump had no direct influence on the selection process, he's been exceedingly vocal about his distaste for Amazon and Bezos. And that public criticism could have factored into the bidding process, Amazon argues. Whatever the case, the chances of Trump actually being deposed in this case are slim. And, so far, the president hasn't commented on Amazon's move. But if anything is certain, the fight between Trump and Bezos has only just begun. And it could get uglier. Published on: Feb 10, 2020 The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.. .

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