76ers owner Josh Harris met with President Trump this week
Sixers lead owner Josh Harris was among a group of business executives who met with President Trump this week about infrastructure.
Sixers lead owner Josh Harris was among a group of business executives who met with President Trump this week to talk about infrastructure.
Harris, co-founder of the private equity firm Apollo Global Management, and the other execs joined the president over lunch Wednesday, according to the White House.
Trump has vowed to put $1 trillion into the nation's crumbling infrastructure but has not offered details on what that would fund or where the money would come from.
Harris' precise role at the meeting is unclear.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer described the lunch as a discussion "looking at infrastructure from a businessperson's perspective."
An account from the Wall Street Journal, which was "invited to observe" the private meeting, did not offer any specifics about Harris. The 76ers owner's participation "made sense given his firm's broad industrial and real estate holdings," the news site Axios noted.
Others at the meeting included Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao; Energy Secretary Rick Perry; Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt; Le-Frak real-estate CEO Richard LeFrak; Vornado Realty Trust CEO Steve Roth; General Atlantic CEO Bill Ford; Nature Conservancy managing director Lynn Scarlett; McKinsey partner Tyler Duvall; and Tesla founder Elon Musk
Trump told the executives that he wanted to streamline local permitting, favor renovations of existing roads and prioritize projects that can get underway quickly, according to the Journal's report.