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Amazon says Trump's 'improper pressure' doomed Pentagon bid

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 13:01:32-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amazon says President Donald Trump's “improper pressure" and behind-the-scenes attacks harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract.

The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing contract to Microsoft in October.

In a lawsuit unsealed Monday, Amazon argues that the decision should be revisited because of “substantial and pervasive errors" and Trump's interference.

Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos have been a frequent target of Trump.

Bezos personally owns the Washington Post, which Trump has referred to as “fake news.” A Pentagon spokeswoman said Monday the decision to select Microsoft was made by career public servants and military officers and without external influence.