Sylvester Stallone turns down arts role offered by Donald Trump

'Rocky' star previously said he 'loved' the President-elect

Sylvester Stallone has turned down a top arts role offered by President-elect Donald Trump.

It was recently reported that the Rocky actor and Republican supporter Stallone would be appointed as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency responsible for granting funds to artists and creative projects.

But the star said in a statement that he would rather help military veterans.

“I am incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment of the Arts,” Stallone said.

“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.”

The 70-year-old actor did not elaborate how he would be involved trying to help the veterans, reports Sky News.

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Earlier this year, Stallone hailed Trump who was then a front runner for the Republican nomination.

“I love Donald Trump. He’s a great Dickensian character. You know what I mean? There are certain people like Arnold (Schwarzenegger), Babe Ruth, that are bigger than life,” he admitted.

“But I don’t know how that translates to running the world.”

The President-elect recently met with Kanye West 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 forthcoming inauguration though.

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 on Twitter.

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