Sylvester Stallone signals he won't take Trump arts post, wants to instead focus on veterans

Sylvester Stallone said that while he is "flattered" to be considered for an arts post by President-elect Donald Trump, he believes he'll be more effective working for veterans.

In a statement released by his publicist on Sunday, Stallone said that he was "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."

The Daily Mail reported on Thursday that Trump had approached Stallone about a top arts-related position in his administration, perhaps as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. At the time, Stallone's spokeswoman declined to comment.

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WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the premiere of 'Creed' at Regency Village Theatre on November 19, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the premiere of 'Creed' at Regency Village Theatre on November 19, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 06: Actor Sylvester Stallone poses during a Cast Of Creed Appearance at Philadelphia Museum of Art on November 6, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actor Sylvester Stallone is seen on June 6, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo by GP/Star Max/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Sylvester Stallone arrives at the 'Musee des Arts Decoratifs' on November 22, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: Producer Whoopi Goldberg and Sylvester Stallone attend The Opening Night of 'Sister Act' on Broadway at The Broadway Theatre on April 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Actor Sylvester Stallone arrives at Los Angeles premiere of HBO's 'His Way' at Paramount Studios on March 22, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Air Date 1/18/08 -- Pictured: Actor Sylvester Stallone talks about his latest film, 'Rambo,' on NBC News' 'Today' on January 18, 2008 -- Photo: Ali Goldstein/NBC NewsWire
BURBANK, CA - OCTOBER 06: Sylvester Stallone attends the 10th Annual Golf Classic benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation on October 6, 2008 at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, California. (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)
Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone surprised a packed Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas on December 3, 2005 when he entered the arena with cast and crew in tow filming for his upcoming film 'Rocky VI'. The sell-out crowd was on hand to watch the Worl
LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 03: Actor Sylvester Stallone walks into the ring as scenes from the film 'Rocky VI' are filmed before the start of the Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 3, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Sylvester Stallone, winner of the Action Movie Star Award (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Robert Rodriguez and Sylvester Stallone during 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards - After Party at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for StellarQuest PR and Consulting)
Sylvester Stallone and wife Jennifer Flavin during 2nd Annual Louis Vuitton United Cancer Front Gala - Arrivals at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Sylvester Stallone, Carson Daly, Bruce Willis, Charo and Sugar Ray Leonard (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
OSAKA, JAPAN: US movie star Sylvester Stallone shields himself from confettis after puting a pair of large boxing gloves on a Christmas tree as ornaments at the Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, western Japan, 03 December 2002. Stallone was invited to the movie theme park as a main guest for its Christmas event. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sylvester Stallone during To Protect and to Serve at Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, CA, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Sylvester Stallone during 4th Annual Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic Sponsored By Mossimo & Mercedes-Benz at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Sylvester Stallone during My VH1 Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actor Sylvester Stallone and wife Jennifer Flavin attend the 13th Carousel of Hope Ball to Benefit the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes on October 23, 1998 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Sylvester Stallone during 'Saving Private Ryan' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 5: Actor Sylvester Stallone and girlfriend Jennifer Flavin attend the 'Daylight' Hollywood Premiere on December 5, 1996 at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends the 'Rocky V' West Hollywood Premiere on November 30, 1990 at the DGA Theatre in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 2: Actor Sylvester Stallone on November 2, 1990 dines at Nicky Blair's Restauant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone attends Sylvester Stallone's Paintings Opening Night Exhibition and Cocktail Reception to Benefit Yes on Proposition 128 'Big Green' on September 10, 1990 at the Hanson Galleries in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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The NEA is responsible for distributing government grants to arts organizations. It was the target of Republican attacks in the 1990s, but the organization survived and currently has an annual budget of $148 million.

If he had taken the post and been confirmed by Congress, Stallone would have been the first performer to chair the NEA since Jane Alexander. She led the agency from 1993 to 1997.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone (2nd L) with wife Jennifer Flavin, and daughters Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone (2nd L), winner of Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture for 'Creed,' poses in the press room with daughters Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone (C), winner of Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture for 'Creed,' poses in the press room with wife Jennifer Flavin (2nd R) and daughters Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Sylvester Stallone accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture for 'Creed' onstage during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Sylvester Stallone accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture for 'Creed' onstage during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone, winner of Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture for 'Creed,' poses in the press room during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Sylvester Stallone and his family arrive for the 73nd annual Golden Globe Awards, January 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone (2nd L) with wife Jennifer Flavin, and daughters Sistine, Sophia and Scarlet attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: 73rd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Sylvester Stallone arrives to the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016. (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone, winner of Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture for 'Creed,' poses in the press room during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Sylvester Stallone, winner of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture poses in the press room during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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