Amazon claims that Donald Trump, the president of the United States, has exerted pressure against Amazon Web Services, the Pentagon's cloud computing platform, preventing it from winning a $ 10 billion contract. At issue is the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) open tender for upgrading the US Department of Defense computer systems won by Microsoft in October this year.
THE complaint lodged by Amazon to the US Federal Court of Complaints this year was made public by the Washington Post on December 9th. According to the document, the company argues that Donald Trump "used his power" to push her away from the contract "as part of a highly mediated personal vengeance against Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, AWS and owner of Washington. Post ”, performing“ repeated backstage and public attacks ”.
"The mistake of the US Department of Defense is both difficult to understand and impossible to distance from the US President's persistence in 'sanding Amazon', in his own words," says the complaint. It is recalled that even before assuming his current position, Donald Trump had already made clear his position on the company led by Jeff Bezos. In July of this year, when Amazon appeared to be leading the public tender, the President threatened to intervene in the process of choosing the organization that would lead the JEDI, as the New York Times reported.
The US Department of Defense has denied any "outside influence" on the decision behind the public tender process. According to Elissa Smith, spokeswoman for the Pentagon, in a statement to CNBC, was in the hands of “a specialized team of civil servants and military officers”. Nevertheless, Amazon asks the Pentagon to cancel the current program and "re-evaluate the proposals submitted fairly."