Mark Esper, Army Secretary, the U.S., announced in his Senate confirmation hearing this week that he is not satisfied by Turkey’s decision to resist the U.S. by purchasing Russian-manufactured air defenses. In recent times, President Donald Trump had nominated Esper to be the next Secretary of Defense.
Esper said, “It is very disheartening to see how they have drifted over the past several years.” He cited the Turkish Government’s acquisition of the S-400 air defense system. Earlier, the Trump administration had asserted that this purchase might trigger the U.S. economic sanctions and endanger Turkey’s position in the NATO alliance as Russia is its primary adversary. At the White House, Trump was seen taking a more mollifying approach to Turkey. He said that the Turkish government chose to purchase from Russia as the Obama administrations denied to sell the Patriot air defense system under no circumstances.
On a similar note, recently Trump asked for more information regarding how the Pentagon created a huge cloud-computing contract it is poised to offer to Amazon or Microsoft. Reportedly, with this data, the U.S. President will decide if he needs to intervene in this matter.
At present, the Defense Department is all set to present the contract to one of the two firms. The contract worth $10 Billion with the validity of about ten years will be allotted next month. Reportedly, Amazon, who is the leader in the cloud-computing technology market, is considered as the favorite and might receive this contract. However, in recent times, Trump was alerted about letters written by Republican members of Congress to military leaders and the White House. In the letters, they complained that the contract’s terms froze a few firms—including Oracle Corp—out of the competition, as per two individuals familiar with the topic. Trump stated that he was not aware of the issues and asked assistants to show him the letters.