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He downplays his role these days, but Denis McDonough figures prominently in the iconic picture of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seated in the White House Situation Room, waiting for the deadly raid on Osama bin Laden to unfold. He was a long way from Minnesota.
In February 2017, McDonough joined the Markle Foundation, which promotes job training and expanding the skills of American workers for the modern workplace.
“Some estimates suggest that because of artificial intelligence, 30 percent of the tasks that 60 percent of the people in this country do are going to be replaced sometime in the next 10 to 15 years … by a robot,” McDonough said.