Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
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.