It seems as though everyday there is another scandal or underhanded scheme discovered in the Trump world. Although people are playing close to the attention to the Ukraine scandal and impeachment inquiry, Mr. Trump’s lies and manipulation span the gamet.
An upcoming book on former secretary of Defense James Mattis claims that Trump told Mattis to “screw Amazon” out of $10 billion cloud contract for the Pentagon.
On late Friday evening, the contract was awarded to Microsoft. According to CNBC:
‘Early in the process market leader Amazon was seen as the favorite, then President Trump said in July that he was looking into the contract after companies protested the bidding process.’
Guy Snodgrass, who served as a speechwriter for Mattis, wrote of the account. He claims Mattis said:
‘We’re not going to do that. This will be done by the book, both legally and ethically.’
‘The contract is capped at $10 billion over the next ten years. If it ends up being worth that much, it would likely be a bigger deal to Microsoft than it would have been to Amazon. Microsoft does not disclose Azure revenue in dollar figures but it’s widely believed to have a smaller share of the market than Amazon, which received $9 billion in revenue from AWS in the third quarter.’
After the contract was awarded to Microsoft, an AWS spokesperson told CNBC in an email on Friday:
‘We’re surprised about this conclusion. AWS is the clear leader in cloud computing, and a detailed assessment purely on the comparative offerings clearly lead to a different conclusion. We remain deeply committed to continuing to innovate for the new digital battlefield where security, efficiency, resiliency, and scalability of resources can be the difference between success and failure.’
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