President Donald Trump is “not involved” in the process of deciding whether Amazon receives a multibillion-dollar Defense Department cloud computing deal, the White House said Wednesday, CNBC informed.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the president has not taken part in choosing whether the internet retail titan will get the massive contract. Amazon is competing with rivals such as Oracle and Microsoft for the contract, and other companies claim that the bidding process favors Amazon.
Trump has used Twitter to attack Amazon, inciting questions about what he would do to hamstring the company. In recent days, the president has repeatedly made the unsubstantiated claim that Amazon costs the U.S. Postal Service “billions of dollars” to act as its “Delivery Boy.”
Despite Trump’s venom toward the company, the Trump administration has not indicated it plans any specific actions against Amazon. The Supreme Court could resolve a separate issue about the company’s sales tax treatment later this year.
Competitors have argued the Pentagon’s bidding process for the cloud contract, which will go to only one company, favors Amazon. At a dinner with Trump on Tuesday, Oracle CEO Safra Catz said the bidding seemed set up so that Amazon would prevail, according to Bloomberg, which cited people familiar with the matter.
Trump did not suggest he would meddle in the process, the outlet reported. He has not mentioned the cloud contract in his tweets criticizing Amazon.
Oracle did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the report.