Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

Two Norwegian lawmakers on Wednesday nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, citing Trump's historic summit on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Amundsen nominated Trump along with his fellow Progress Party colleague Christian Tybring-Gjedde.

Deculearization talks with North Korea have only just begun, and experts say a long and complicated process is still ahead, but President Trump is celebrating the historic meeting.

A group of 18 Republican lawmakers nominated Trump for the prize last month for his dealing with North Korea.

But while a Nobel award would cause consternation among Trump's critics, he also has some high-profile supporters.

Trump himself has mused about earning the Nobel saying "everyone thinks so, but I would never say it", when asked about the possibility of the prize last month.

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The process of considering candidates and awarding the Nobel Peace Prize is done in Norway, the AP reported. The prizes are administered by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, appointed by Norway's parliament.

While Trump is getting praise from many sides for his efforts in North Korea, the news coverage by left-leaning media outlets has been heavily critical of his efforts.

In 2015, Nobel committee member Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister who heads the Council of Europe, tweeted: "Donald Trump you may have set the news agenda but at what cost?"

The Norwegian Nobel Committee's vice-chair, Henrik Syse, wrote in a blog in December, 2016, that: "President-elect Donald Trump has, with his rhetoric, lowered the threshold for moral decency so far it is downright scary". His headline: "Trump is no Hitler". The deadline for this year's prize passed in January, so this nomination would make him eligible for next year.

"Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region".

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