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Donald Trump has, over the previous few days, been deeply upset that the Washington Publish reviews on his habits and has publicly mentioned he needs to go after Amazon. That is extremely ill-advised, on any variety of ranges, however significantly as a result of it’s come out that, proper earlier than this began, he dined with the co-CEO of an Amazon rival for a profitable Pentagon contract.

Amazon, keep in mind, doesn’t become profitable on promoting you issues. It makes cash promoting you house on the web to retailer your stuff, and it might, very a lot, like to assist the Pentagon securely retailer its digital stuff. Which makes the truth that the President dined with Safra Catz, who leads the database agency Oracle, one thing of an attention-getter, as Enterprise Insider notes:

Bloomberg reported on Tuesday night that Trump would dine with Catz and the billionaire enterprise capitalist Peter Thiel. The White Home didn’t reply to a request for remark from Enterprise Insider about what was mentioned on the assembly. The assembly got here amid Trump’s confrontation with Amazon. On Tuesday, he tweeted that he was “proper” about his criticism of the web large’s use of the US Postal Service, later telling reporters that Amazon was inflicting quite a few retailer closures.

That is even hinkier than it sounds. Thiel, one Trump’s few allies in Silicon Valley, is locked in a bitter authorized struggle with the Armed Forces’ procurement equipment. That battle is extremely difficult and nuanced, partially as a result of it’s extremely troublesome and sophisticated to have the navy purchase and use your merchandise, making it a messy authorized enterprise.

In fact, this might merely be an harmless dinner between pals. The issue is notion; if Amazon decides that anyone excessive up within the navy intentionally denied its bid, that’s, at finest, an enormous ugly lawsuit that may take years and hundreds of thousands of tax to resolve. At worst, it would result in legal prosecution. In different phrases, some already murky waters have simply turn into a lot more durable to navigate, and by the tip of this, it’s unlikely both Amazon or Oracle are going to be proud of what they get.

(By way of Enterprise Insider)

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