Trump told Mattis to 'screw Amazon' out of Defense contract: book

A new book reportedly alleges that President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE instructed then-Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThreatening foreign states with sanctions can backfire Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Amazon to challenge Pentagon's 'war cloud' decision in federal court MORE to "screw Amazon" out of the opportunity to bid on a $10 billion contract in 2018.

Military news outlet Task & Purpose reported that an upcoming book, "Holding The Line: Inside Trump's Pentagon with Secretary Mattis," written by the former secretary's erstwhile speechwriter and communications director Guy Snodgrass, divulges and outlines the accusation.

A portion of the book also details Mattis's ethical struggle with the president's demands. 


"Relaying the story to us during Small Group, Mattis said, 'We're not going to do that. This will be done by the book, both legally and ethically," Snodgrass reportedly wrote. 

Trump has often lashed out at Amazon and its CEO, Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Hillicon Valley: Pentagon pushes back on Amazon lawsuit | Lawmakers dismiss Chinese threat to US tech companies | YouTube unveils new anti-harassment policy | Agencies get annual IT grades Pentagon dismisses Amazon questions over Esper's recusal in 'war cloud' case MORE, who also owns The Washington Post. 

Last year, he accused Amazon of scamming the Postal Service on shipping costs. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House, Defense Department and Amazon for comment.

The Pentagon announced Friday that it had awarded a $10 billion contract to Microsoft over Amazon. 

The department said in a statement that giving the contract to Microsoft "continues our strategy of a multi-vendor, multi-cloud environment" and that "the department’s needs are diverse and cannot be met by any single supplier."

According to CNN, a Mattis spokeswoman this week released a statement in response to the book calling Snodgrass a "junior staffer" who "played no role in decision making." Snodgrass reportedly responded by showing a citation he was given saying he played an important role in the Defense Department's messaging.