President Trump: Nobel Peace Prize Nominee


Cullen Langley, Writer

On September 9th, 2020 Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for leading the brokering of the Abraham Accords. The barrier to entry for the Nobel Prize is low. All nominations from heads of state or politicians serving at a national level are accepted. Other recommendations are also accepted such as University professors, directors of foreign policy institutes, past recipients of a Nobel Prize and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The results of who won won’t be released for another 13 months.

President Trump was nominated by Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedde. Tybring-Gjedde stated in his letter to the Nobel committee that “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” and “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity,”. He also brought up Trump’s “key role in facilitating contact between conflicting parties and … creating new dynamics in other protracted conflicts, such as the Kashmir border dispute between India and Pakistan, and the conflict between North and South Korea, as well as dealing with the nuclear capabilities of North Korea.” In 2018 Tybring-Gjedde and one other Norwegian Official also nominated President Trump for the Nobel Prize for his Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un. The Prime Minister of Japan also reportedly did the same in 2018.  Tybring-Gjedde said that he is not a huge supporter of President Trump, but “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes.”

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