Trump nom­i­nated for No­bel Peace Prize

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

COPENHAGEN, DEN­MARK | Two Nor­we­gian law­mak­ers have nom­i­nated Pres­i­dent Trump for the No­bel Peace Prize in the wake of the Sin­ga­pore nu­clear sum­mit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ear­lier this week.

Chris­tian Ty­bring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amund­sen, law­mak­ers with the pop­ulist Progress Party, told Nor­we­gian news agency NTB on Wed­nes­day that Mr. Trump “had taken a huge and im­por­tant step in the di­rec­tion of the dis­ar­ma­ment, peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween North and South Korea.”

A group of Repub­li­can law­mak­ers in the U.S. also are back­ing Mr. Trump’s can­di­dacy for the 2019 No­bel Peace Prize.

Mr. Trump, when asked, has said he only want to achieve a res­o­lu­tion to the one of the world’s long­est-run­ning and in­tractable prob­lems, jok­ing once that “ev­ery­body thinks” he deserves the No­bel for his dra­matic diplo­matic out­reach to Py­ongyang.

The process of con­sid­er­ing can­di­dates and award­ing the No­bel Peace Prize is done in Nor­way. Nom­i­na­tions must be sent to the Nor­we­gian No­bel Com­mit­tee be­fore Feb. 1.

A record 330 peo­ple were nom­i­nated this year.

The com­mit­tee doesn’t pub­licly com­ment on who was nom­i­nated, in­for­ma­tion which is re­quired to be kept se­cret for 50 years.

“What’s go­ing on now is his­toric,” Mr. Amund­sen, a mem­ber of the right-wing Nor­we­gian Progress Party, told re­porters Wed­nes­day. “A process is un­der­way to en­sure world peace in the fu­ture. It’s a frag­ile process, but we must of course do what we can to help this process bring good re­sults.”

Last year’s prize went to the In­ter­na­tional Cam­paign to Abol­ish Nu­clear Weapons. Past winners in­clude four of Pres­i­dent Trump’s White House pre­de­ces­sors, in­clud­ing Barack Obama in 2009.

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