Can’t Say What Trump is Think­ing: IBM CEO

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Bengaluru: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty straight-bat­ted crit­i­cism of her con­tin­u­ing pres­ence in US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s White House busi­ness ad­vi­sory coun­cil, even as she made a strong pitch for the com­pany’s cog­ni­tive busi­ness in In­dia.

“I can’t tell you what he (Trump) is think­ing. I am on an ad­vi­sory coun­cil, with a num­ber of com­pa­nies around the world to give in­put,” said Rometty, when asked about Trump’s think­ing on im­mi­gra­tion and visas.

“The topic of jobs is the topic of every coun­try I go to. And no mat­ter which Prime Min­is­ter I meet, they want to know how many jobs you have in the coun­try. Jobs are im­por­tant to every coun­try,” added Rometty.

Rometty and Tesla boss Elon Musk have been sub­ject to crit­i­cism on their de­ci­sion to con­tinue work­ing with the Trump ad­mini- stra­tion since Uber CEO Travis Kalan­ick stepped down from the coun­cil ear­lier this month.

“The way to get progress is to en­gage… to bring so­lu­tions. In cases where there are dilem­mas be­tween free­dom of move­ment and peo­ple and se­cu­rity, there are al­ways trade­offs... All this talk about cog­ni­tive... there are ways to make the world more se­cure so that peo­ple can move freely,” Rometty added. Rometty also made a strong pitch for cog­ni­tive com­put­ing in In­dia. “You are a coun­try of de­vel­op­ers, which is why I say cog­ni­tive is In­dia’s fu­ture,” she said.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty

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