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Amazon alleges Trump’s ‘undue pressure’ cost it US$10-billion defence contract

The Pentagon assessed outdated documents and didn’t consider some of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) features, it said in a complaint to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims unsealed Monday. It cited as examples of pressure the president’s criticism of Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos in public statements and tweets, and the removal of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in December 2018 as direct interference in the contract award. Donald Trump has also criticized The Washington Post, which Bezos owns, for its reporting. The department said the president did not interfere. (The New York Times)

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