Sylvester Stallone has squashed all rumors that he may join President-elect Donald Trump’s administration as the National Endowment for the Arts chairman. Rumors first started circulating on Thursday when the hard-hitting action star was reportedly proposed for the position. He has stated that he would rather focus on helping veterans.
Stallone issued a statement on Sunday, telling reporters:
“I am incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment of the Arts, however I believe I could be more effective by bringing national attention to returning military personnel in an effort to find gainful employment, suitable housing and financial assistance these heroes respectfully deserve.”
Stallone has always been a strong Trump supporter, despite disagreeing with him on a number of issues. In January he told Variety:
“I love Donald Trump.”
Unlike Trump, Stallone is a supporter of gun control legislation. He was a strong supporter of the Brady Law which required a five day waiting period to obtain a handgun. He was also a strong supporter of “assault” weapon bans following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Despite their differences, Stallone and Trump have maintained a strong relationship. One of Trump’s campaign ads even featured a speech from Stallone from the 2006 film “Rocky Balboa.”
It appears that relationship will not lead to Stallone replacing Jane Chu as the head of the NEA. Stallone has not yet elaborated on exactly how he plans to help veterans find employment, housing, and financial assistance.