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REVEALED: SecDef James Mattis Held Secret Dinner With Amazon Before $10B Contract Announced

REVEALED: SecDef James Mattis Held Secret Dinner With Amazon Before $10B Contract Announced

James “Mad Dog” Mattis left his post as Secretary of Defense in late 2018.

Back in 2017, he held a “secret” meeting with an Amazon official that eventually lead to a $10 billion contract with the world’s richest company.

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Here’s the scoop, via Daily Wire:

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had a secret meeting with a top Amazon cloud sales executive in 2017 before the Pentagon announced a $10 billion cloud computing contract that critics say was designed to be fulfilled only by Amazon, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reported on Friday.

Earlier this month, The Intercept reported:

Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are now the two finalists to win the highly contested $10 billion contract for what is known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI. The deal, one of the largest federal contracts in U.S. history, would pay one company to provide cloud computing services in support of Defense Department operations around the world.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson broke the story…

Patrick Shanahan is currently the acting secretary of defense. He has been nominated by President Trump to become full-time secretary of defense.

Shanahan has announced that hundreds of miles of wall have been contracted to be built.

So @ActingSecDef just told Congress that 256 new miles of Trump’s Wall is now funded to be built, at the rate of half a mile every day. He said that we will see about “63 additional new miles of wall” constructed six months from now. #thewall

 

Embattled Democrat Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) pretty much single-handedly cost New York billions in revenue and over 20,000 jobs by making clear that Amazon should not have a headquarters in her state.

Amazon backed down.

Now, it looks like the Jeff Bezos-owned conglomerate is looking at NYC again – AOC be damned.

From Daily Wire:

In a stinging reproach to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her cohorts who scuttled the deal by which Amazon would have built a headquarters in Queens, Ocasio-Cortez’s district, Amazon is reputedly going to place its headquarters in Manhattan instead.

According to The New York Post, Amazon is communicating with Brookfield, the owners of the One Manhattan West building and its impending partner, Two Manhattan West, starting with securing “at least 100,000 square feet or much more.” Although Two Manhattan West won’t be equipped for tenants until 2022, 67-story One Manhattan West will be ready by autumn 2020 and boasts a 250,000-square-foot space inside. The massive space is not available in perpetuity, but it can fit Amazon’s needs until Two Manhattan is ready, according to the Post’s sources.

The Post noted, “Brookfield, which owns the two Manhattan West towers (and another at 5 Manhattan West, where Amazon is already a tenant), denied through a spokesman that it was leasing to the Seattle company. But multiple sources pointed to the company’s strict confidentiality agreements as a potential reason.”

Sources told the Post that Amazon is also thinking of renting space in the U.S. Post Office building across from the Brookfield buildings.

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