Trump nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by far-right Norwegian lawmaker
Christian Tybring-Gjedde- a far-right Norwegian lawmaker – has nominated US President Donald Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East.
He said Trump should be considered because of his work “for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East.”
“No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize,” Tybring-Gjedde, told The Associated Press.
He nominated Trump on Wednesday for the 2021 prize, adding “Donald Trump meets the criteria.”
Nominations are sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by Feb 1, meaning the deadline has passed for this year.
Tybring-Gjedde was one of two Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump for the prize in 2018 for his efforts to bring reconciliation between North and South Korea. Any lawmaker serving in a national legislature can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Barack Obama was awarded the prize in 2009, just a few months into his first term, which many felt was too premature. The Norwegian committee said Obama was awarded for his commitment to “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”
Last year, Trump predicted he would win the prize “for a lot of things if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t.”
President Trump: "I think I'll get a Nobel prize for a lot of things," pic.twitter.com/XPRfWZyYc6
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 23, 2019
The Nobel Committee does not publicly comment on nominees and under its rules the information is required to be kept secret for 50 years.
“It is now to hope that the Nobel Committee is able to consider what Trump has achieved internationally and that it does not stumble in established prejudice against the U.S. President,” Tybring-Gjedde said in a Facebook post.
Tybring-Gjedde said he doesn’t agree with all of Trump’s policies – “I am not a big Trump supporter,” he said.
The process of considering and awarding Nobel Peace Prize candidates is done in Norway while other Nobel Prizes are awarded in Sweden.
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