White House: Trump ‘Not Involved’ in Deciding Whether Amazon Receives Multi-Billion Dollar Contract

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On Wednesday, the White House said that US President Donald Trump is “not involved” in the process of deciding whether Amazon get a multi-billion dollar cloud computing contract with the Defense Department.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, informed reporters that the president has not participated in deciding whether the internet retail giant will be awarded the massive contract. Amazon is competing with rivals including Microsoft and Oracle and for the said deal, and other companies claim that the bidding process favours Amazon.

In Twitter tirades, Trump has regularly attacked Amazon, prompting some questions about what he would do to weaken the company. During the past few days, the Us President has frequently made the unsupported claim that Amazon costs the Postal Service of the United States “billions of dollars” to serve as the company’s “Delivery Boy.”

In a tweet, Trump said: “I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy. Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne by the American Taxpayer. Many billions of dollars. P.O. leaders don’t have a clue (or do they?)!”

Despite the venom of Trump toward the online retail company, the Trump administration has not shown it plans for any specific moves against Amazon. Later this year, the Supreme Court could decide on a separate issue regarding the sales tax treatment of the company.

Competitors have claimed that the bidding process of the Pentagon for the cloud contract, which will be awarded to only one company, favours Amazon. According to Bloomberg, during a dinner with Trump on Tuesday, Safra Catz, the CEO of Oracle, said that the bidding appeared to be set up so that Amazon would prevail. Bloomberg cited people who are familiar with the matter.

The outlet reported that Trump did not imply that he would interfere in the process. He has not discussed the cloud contract in his tweets that are aimed to criticise Amazon.