President Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize after N. Korea summit

Elias Hubbard
June 14, 2018

A pair of Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after he signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday to work towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Trump was nominated by two right-wing members of Norway's Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and lower taxes.

Trump 'had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea, ' they told Norwegian news agency NTB on Wednesday.

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.

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.

Some Republicans have floated Trump's name for the Nobel Prize in recent months as he worked towards negotiations with North Korea.

But before placing your bets, you may want to read what some members of the five-strong Norwegian Nobel Committee, which chooses the victor of the $1 million prize each October, have written about the USA president in the past.

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.

The last American to win the prize was former President Barack Obama, who won in 2009.

Trump's summit with Kim is the first time a US president had met face to face with a North Korean leader.

Syse said his writings as a political philosopher and commentator 'should in no way be read as comments pertaining to the prize or to our process in what is a five-person committee'.

Asle Toje, appointed to the committee this year, wrote an opinion piece in a Norwegian newspaper in 2017 telling Norwegians they were too negative toward Trump.

He declined to comment on Tuesday. The prize would be next year's because the deadline for this year has already passed.

The two lawmakers called Trump's actions regarding North Korea "historic", with the potential "to ensure world peace in the future" in statements to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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