WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Tuesday ordered President Donald Trump to award Amazon's $ 10 billion cloud computing contract over alleged Amazon operations to win the contract, according to a Business Insider report.
The contract was supposed to be awarded sometime this month, but the date has been postponed until the Pentagon backs down if Amazon is manipulated.
"In keeping with his promise to members of Congress and the American public, Secretary Esper is considering the Joint Defense Infrastructure Program (JEDI). No decision will be made on the program until it completes its testing," a Pentagon spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.
The decision comes after Trump criticized the process, citing complaints from other companies, where the e-commerce giant and Microsoft are vying for the contract, known as the Joint Enterprise Infrastructure Plan, or JEDI.
The entire contracting process, which includes bids from companies such as Oracle, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM, has sparked much controversy over the past few weeks.
Google withdrew from the race after employees filed a petition against the contract, raising concerns about the ethics of supplying technology to the military.
But tensions rose late last month when Donald Trump signaled that Amazon was involved in a conspiracy to win the deal and create a "10-year cloud monopoly".
Trump is adopting the theory of Oracle's executive vice president, Ken Glock, along with a Washington-based lobbyist who filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon in December, claiming that the Pentagon's contract requirements were created in a way that favored Amazon, making it easier. The e-commerce and cloud computing giant must win.
A federal judge rejected the second appeal by Oracle, which claims the bidding process was forged for Amazon.
Outside the Gedi crisis, Trump is known to have big and public disagreements with Amazon and its chief executive, Jeff Bezos. In December, Trump accused the company of fraudulent delivery rates.
Trump recently cited the Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) as "Russia's tool" for unfair media coverage.