Apr 15, 2020 - Technology

Pentagon watchdog says White House didn't influence $10B Microsoft contract

President Trump with Microsoft CEO Stya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos
President Trump with Microsoft CEO Stya Nadella and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in 2017. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Pentagon's inspector general reported Wednesday that the White House did not influence the Defense Department's decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Amazon sued the department last year, claiming that President Trump influenced the decision by repeatedly and publicly criticizing the company and its CEO, Jeff Bezos.

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