US President Donald Trump has asked for more information on a $ 10 billion Pentagon cloud storage deal that will be awarded to either Microsoft or Amazon, Business Insider quoted Bloomberg as saying.
Trump did not say whether he would take an unprecedented step to intervene and prevent the contract from being awarded to one of his two nominating companies. But Bloomberg cited someone familiar with a call between Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who said it seemed as though the US president was considering canceling Deal.
The contract, known as JEDI, is a contract that requires those who win the construction of a Defense Ministry cloud infrastructure to maintain sensitive military information, with a contract value of $ 10 billion over the next 10 years.
Google withdrew from the race in October, and IBM and Oracle were removed from the offer in April, and now the offer is between Amazon and Microsoft, and indications are that Amazon is closer to winning the contract than Microsoft.
Republican Senator Ron Johnson expressed concern and spoke with the US president, and a letter was sent to National Security Adviser John Bolton asking him to postpone the award because of fears of insufficient competition, according to Bloomberg. The deal did not allow many companies to participate, and Trump expressed disappointment that he had not known these concerns before.
Previously, Oracle filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon, saying the JEDI contract was full of irregularities, and that Amazon had offered undeclared job offers and rewards to at least two Defense Department officials.