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We recently reported that the competition between Amazon and Microsoft for the Department of Defense’s lucrative $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract is nearing its conclusion as a judge dismissed claims of inappropriate behavior on the part of Amazon. Today, Bloomberg reported a new development regarding JEDI contract. According to Bloomberg, the US president Donald Trump may get involved in the contract.
Recently, some Republican members of Congress have written to the White House complaining that the contract’s terms froze some companies like Oracle out of the competition. After reading their concerns, Trump has expressed his frustration that he was not aware of these issues. Trump has also ordered Pentagon to provide more information on this contract. Based on the information he receives, Trump will decide whether he should intervene.
Trump said he’s interested in looking into the circumstances of the bid but didn’t indicate he’ll try to block the contract from being awarded to one of the two finalists.