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Bezos Declares War On Trump After WH Officials Deny Amazon Mega Cloud Computing Contract

Amazon claimed in a legal complaint Monday that the company lost a $10 billion cloud-computing project because President Donald Trump wanted to deny its billionaire CEO a big government contract.

Trump used “improper pressure” on the contract process to hurt Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, the legal complaint notes. The tech company was considered a front-runner to win the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project before it was given to Microsoft in October.

The president launched a full-on assault against the company behind the scenes to hurt “his perceived political enemy,” the legal complaint adds.

Controversy has plagued the cloud computing program.

Computing giant Oracle, for instance, alleged in May that former Defense Department official Deap Ubhi was offered shares in Amazon and a salary with the big tech giant while he was finding a company to help build out JEDI. Ubhi never recused himself, according to the document.

The process grew even more toxic after Trump found out about Amazon’s involvement in the project. Conservatives have long-argued that such a program should not go exclusively to one company.

It’s become a controversial issue among some Republicans. Reps. Steve Womack of Arkansas and Tom Cole of Oklahoma, for instance, requested a probe in October 2018 into the Pentagon’s handling of the deal. This came after the Daily Caller News Foundation reported in 2018 that an adviser to former Secretary of Defense James Mattis once consulted for Amazon Web Services through her firm.

Neither Amazon nor the White House have responded to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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  1. Bezos has been warring with President Trump ever since he took office…and perhaps even earlier. All that is happening now is that the hatred and opposition has come out in the open. There are a lot of people that believe that ALL social media needs to be get the “AT&T” treatment of the last century: break it up into sub-groups with different ownership so that there is forced competition to allow freedom of speech. At the same time, there should be an enforced track-ability of all contributors (posters, authors, etc.) so that anonymous articles and posts are not allowed, AND that ALL posts are subject to liability for libel and slander so that false accusations can be fought and punished…and that should include those firms that still falsely claim to be “news” media…if you can’t tell the truth, then tell NOTHING. Many of us are sick of the “bootstrapping” cowardice and laziness of the media (quoting other new reports when disseminating patently false information).

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