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Trump vows ‘strong look’ into Pentagon cloud contract that could go to Amazon

President says he disagrees with ‘send her back’ chant aimed at Rep. Omar

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By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch

President Donald Trump

President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to take a “strong look” into a Pentagon cloud-computing contract that could go to either Amazon or Microsoft, as he said he disagreed with supporters who chanted that a Democratic congresswoman should be sent back to her native country.


Trump told reporters he was getting complaints about the Pentagon contract, a 10-year computing project that could go to one of two finalists: Amazon /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN -0.81%   or Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT -0.83%  .

“We’re getting tremendous complaints from other companies,” Trump said, about a week after a federal judge dismissed allegations by Oracle that bidding for the contract was rigged to favor Amazon. Oracle /zigman2/quotes/202180826/composite ORCL -1.65%   and IBM /zigman2/quotes/203856914/composite IBM -1.51%   were eliminated during an earlier round of competition, but Oracle persisted with a legal challenge, as the Associated Press reports.

See: Judge dismisses allegations that bidding for Pentagon’s $10 billion ‘war cloud’ was rigged for Amazon.

Amazon and its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, are frequent targets of Trump's barbs. Trump spoke in the Oval Office alongside visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Trump announced at the beginning of an event with Rutte that a U.S. Navy ship had destroyed an Iranian drone that came within 1,000 yards of it. The president said the USS Boxer took “defensive action” against the drone in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday.

Oil prices, meanwhile, reversed early gains, with August WTI crude   losing 2.6% to settle at $55.30 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Now read: Oil prices drop nearly 3% to lowest settlement in a month.


Trump said he “was not happy” with chants at a Wednesday night rally aimed at Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat who was born in Somalia and immigrated to the U.S. as a child.

When asked why he did not stop the chant, the president replied, “I think I did — I started speaking very quickly.” He added, “I was not happy with it — I disagree with it.”

Trump paused for about 13 seconds after the chants grew louder on Wednesday night. Omar is one of a group of four Democratic lawmakers that Trump has attacked over the past week, saying they should go back to unspecified countries. Only Omar was born outside the U.S.

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Robert Schroeder is the White House reporter for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @mktwrobs.

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