President Donald Trump has ordered former Secretary of Defense James Matisse to "withdraw the Amazon" from being able to bid on a $ 1
The Department of Defense Joint Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing services contract was awarded to Microsoft on Friday. Trump issued his directive to Matisse during a phone call last year, according to a biography according to Task & Purpose, which received a preliminary copy. CNET did not review the biography, "Hold the Line: Inside of the Trump Pentagon," with Secretary Matisse by Guy Snodgrass, a former spokesman for Mattis.
Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos are Trump's favorite targets, whose attacks are widely viewed as stemming from inept coverage by the Bezos-owned Washington Post.
According to Task & Purpose, the biography says that during a meeting, Matis told Snodgrass and others about Trump's order and said, "We will not do this. It will happen with the book, both legally and ethically. "
Neither the White House nor Snogragras immediately responded to a request for comment. The Inspector General at the Department of Defense declined comment. Mathis did not immediately respond to a request for comment made through General Dynamics, where he sits on the board of directors.