Donald Trump reportedly wants to bring Sylvester Stallone into his administration as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, but The New York Times reports that Stallone apparently isn’t interested.
The report quotes a statement released Sunday by Stallone saying: “I am incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment of the Arts.” But the statement goes on to say that Stallone thinks he would be more effective helping military veterans “find gainful employment, suitable housing and financial assistance these heroes respectfully deserve.”
Trump advisers confirmed late last week that Trump’s GOP allies had reached out to Stallone about an arts post. “But they added that no formal offer had been made and that Mr. Trump and Mr. Stallone had not met or spoken about the actor joining the administration,” The Times notes.
“The National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency that awards grants to cultural organizations and projects, has long been a target of both Republican budget-cutters and conservatives who oppose taxpayer support for the arts on ideological grounds,” The Times adds. “Republicans have at times tried to eliminate the agency and have scorned it when public money has gone to controversial projects.”