(Reuters) — Amazon.com on Monday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of exerting “improper pressure” and bias that led the Department of Defense to award a profitable $10 billion cloud contract to rival Microsoft.
In a criticism filed within the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Amazon mentioned Trump launched “repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer” the Pentagon cloud contract known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, popularly generally known as JEDI, away from Amazon Web Services.
The closely redacted criticism mentioned 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 unimaginable for the Pentagon to evaluate a winner “reasonably, consistently, an in a fair and equal manner,” Amazon mentioned.
Trump has lengthy criticized Bezos and Amazon over low tax funds and accused the Washington Post of appearing as a lobbyist for Bezos and Amazon and spreading “fake news.”
Amazon known as for a reevaluation of the proposals submitted to the Pentagon and a brand new award resolution.
“The question is whether the President of the United States should be allowed to use the budget of DoD to pursue his own personal and political ends,” the 103-page criticism mentioned.
Amazon and the Department of Defense didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Details from the criticism had been first reported by Bloomberg final week.
In latest congressional testimony, a prime Pentagon know-how official, Dana Deasy, denied that Trump or the White House influenced the JEDI choice course of.
A problem to the Defense Department’s award introduced in October was extensively anticipated by authorized specialists, analysts and consultants, particularly after Trump publicly derided Amazon’s bid for the high-stakes contract.
(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Richard Chang)