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AWS accuses Trump of sabotaging its bid for $10bn Pentagon cloud contract

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has claimed that Donald Trump staged a series of “public and behind-the-scenes attacks” on the company, in an attempt to undermine its bid for a federal cloud computing contract worth $10bn (£7.6bn).

AWS alleged last month that it lost the tender to Microsoft due to “political influence”, but the latest remarks – made in a filing in the US Court of Federal Claims – are the first in which the company has explicitly named Trump.

“[The Department of Defense’s] substantial and pervasive errors are hard to understand and impossible to assess separate and apart from the President’s repeatedly expressed determination to, in the words of the President himself, ‘screw Amazon,'” the filing reads.

“Basic justice requires reevaluation of proposals and a new award decision. The stakes are high. 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.”

As NS Tech reported in November, President Donald Trump, who has a long-running feud with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, allegedly sought to stop AWS from bidding for the award.

When news of the contract award became public, Microsoft’s share price soared, pushing its market cap to $1.1tn (£860bn) and prompting analysts to predict that it could help close AWS’s lead in the cloud computing market.

Amazon’s complaint is expected to halt work on the project. The ten-year deal, referred to as JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure), involves a total overhaul and migration of the Department for Defense’s digital operations.

The Department of Defense said in October: “The acquisition process was conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. All offerors were treated fairly and evaluated consistently with the solicitation’s stated evaluation criteria.”

Oracle is also appealing the decision, on the grounds that such a lucrative deal should not have been handed to a single supplier.