When Trump’s ‘no-bid’ policy will hurt business, critics say
President Donald Trump has announced that no-bid government contracts will be allowed in the federal government and the military, as the White House seeks to prevent businesses from going out of business in the wake of the Zika virus pandemic.
The president has made the announcement in a Twitter post Tuesday morning, and in a series of tweets on Tuesday evening he also said the Pentagon would no longer allow military personnel to bid on contracts.
It is the latest sign that Trump is trying to reverse the disastrous effects of his signature policy of “no-bidding” government contracts that have forced some to close down their businesses.
In the tweet, Trump also made clear that he is taking a hard line on government contracts, saying the government would no more “accept a no-bid bid from a competitor” than it would “accept an unsolicited bid from another company that is bidding on our military.”
It is important to note that I did not order the DOD to accept no- bids from foreign bidders.
The DOD will not accept a no bid bid from foreign companies.
The military will not bid on any government contracts.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2021In his tweet, the president also said that the Pentagon will no more accept a “no bid bid” from foreign competitors.
In an interview on Fox News Tuesday morning with Sean Hannity, Trump added that “they will not be accepting no bids from any foreign bidder, no matter who they are, or what their price is, which is just unbelievable.
And it’s not right.
And the military will have no bids at all.”
The announcement came on the same day that the Department of Defense issued a report showing that the Zika outbreak has cost the federal workforce nearly 10,000 jobs in the first week of January.
Trump has repeatedly touted the “no bidding” policy as a way to ensure that the government can spend less money on programs that are already under budget.
The government’s “cost-cutting” approach has led to more than $200 billion in spending cuts and $7.4 trillion in debt, according to the report, which noted that many of those cuts were due to Trump’s no-budget policies.
“As a result, the nation has been on the brink of bankruptcy since January 8th,” the report said.
“And this is the consequence of the president’s no budget policies.”
While the report was not specific on how many jobs have been lost due to the lack of budget discipline, it did note that “the budget was not under control as a result of the President’s no bidding policies, which were implemented by the Obama Administration.”
Trump has claimed that the policies have led to a “national crisis” and the “destruction of America,” and has called for an end to the federal budgeting process.
Trump’s administration has also been criticized for not providing any details about the cost of the policies, and for failing to provide guidance to the public on how to prepare for the pandemic or how to deal with the spread of the virus.