Donald Trump reportedly appoints Sylvester Stallone in top arts role

Rocky actor has long been a Republican supporter

Donald Trump has reportedly tapped Sylvester Stallone for a top arts role in his upcoming administration.

Trump will be sworn in as US President in January, with inauguration performers recently revealed amid allegations of bribery.

The Daily Mail now reports that Rocky actor and Republican supporter Stallone will be appointed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency responsible for granting funds to artists and creative projects.

“It’s been widely and wrongly assumed that a Trump Presidency will be hostile to the arts,” a source reportedly told the paper. “But Mr Trump feels this sort of A-list appointment is precisely the shot in the arm that the industry needs.”

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Trump met with Kanye West earlier this week at Trump Tower in New York, where they shared a hug and Trump signed a copy of his Time magazine cover for West. West avoided questions about whether he will perform at Trump’s inauguration.

Kanye’s meeting with Trump attracted a heated reaction from fans, while John Legend described himself as “disappointed” in the rapper. West later attempted to explain his actions.

RZA has defended West’s meeting with Trump. “Trump is the President, so we’re going to have to talk to him, deal with him,” RZA told TMZ. “If Kanye went in to speak for our community then Bong Bong.”