Amazon blames Trump for losing $10 billion JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft
AmazonÂ says President Donald Trump launched â€œbehind-the-scenes attacksâ€ against the company, which led to it losing out on a major contract for cloud services.
In a heavily redacted, 103-page document made public on Monday, Amazon Web Services lays out why itâ€™s protesting the Department of Defenseâ€™s decision to awardÂ MicrosoftÂ the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract. AWS claims it didnâ€™t win the JEDI contract, which could be worth as much as $10 billion, as a result of Trumpâ€™s repeated public and private attacks against Amazon and, specifically, its CEO Jeff Bezos.
â€œThe 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,â€ the filing states. â€œDoDâ€™s substantial and pervasive errors are hard to understand and impossible to assess separate and apart from the Presidentâ€™s repeatedly expressed determination to, in the words of the President himself, â€˜screw Amazon.â€™ Basic justice requires re-evaluation of proposals and a new award decision.â€
AWS is now calling for the Defense Department to terminate the award and conduct another review of the submitted proposals.
AWS argues President Trumpâ€™s intervention was a â€œfundamental defectâ€ in the procurement process that made it impossible for the agency to judge a winner â€œreasonably, consistently, and in a fair and equal manner.â€ The company cites President Trumpâ€™s track record of taking Bezos to task publicly as evidence that Trump â€œhas made no secret of his personal dislikeâ€ for Bezos and his ownership of the Washington Post. Trump then â€œused his officeâ€ to prevent AWS from winning the contract when he â€œintervened directly in the very final phases of the two-year procurement process,â€ the company claims.
The company also argues the DoD â€œignored the plain language of AWSâ€™ proposalâ€ and â€œglossed over wide gapsâ€ between AWSâ€™ market leading position in the cloud computing industry and Microsoftâ€™s Azure.
Amazon and the Department of Defense were not immediately available for comment. The White House declined to comment.
The deal drew immediate scrutiny because President Trump became involved and Trump often criticizes Amazon and Bezos. Trumpâ€™s influence over the dealÂ came into focusÂ when a book charting then-Defense Secretary James Mattisâ€™ tenure at the White House claimed he told Mattis to â€œscrew Amazonâ€ out of the contract.
In August, the PentagonÂ saidÂ it wouldnâ€™t award the JEDI contract until it completed a review of the technology. At the time, Dana Deasy, the Pentagonâ€™s chief information officer, said the agency wouldnâ€™t â€œrush to a decisionâ€ until it was confident it picked the best proposal.