Amazon asks court to block US/Microsoft contract because of Trump interference

Enlarge / President Donald Trump speaks with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, during an American Technology Council roundtable in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on Monday, June 19, 2017. (credit: Getty Images | The Washington Post)

Amazon is seeking a court order that would prevent Microsoft from doing work for the US Department of Defense under a contract that Amazon says was awarded improperly.

As previously reported, Amazon sued the Trump administration in the US Court of Federal Claims, claiming that Microsoft’s Azure cloud service won the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract because of “improper pressure from President Donald J. Trump.”

Amazon alleges that the president “launched repeated public and behind-the-scenes attacks to steer the JEDI Contract away from AWS [Amazon Web Services] to harm his perceived political enemy—Jeffrey P. Bezos,” the founder and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post.

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