Just two months before the election, President Donald Trump has been nominated to win the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination comes from far-right Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who says the president deserves the award for his part in the recent peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other peace prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News.
“I’m not a big Trump supporter,” he said. “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes. The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump. For example, Barack Obama did nothing.”
Nominations are accepted from heads of state or politicians serving at a national level and are not that rare; this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was contested between 318 candidates.
For a nomination alone, the barrier to entry is low: all nominations from heads of state or politicians serving at a national level are accepted. Nominations are also accepted from university professors, directors of foreign policy institutes, past recipients of a Nobel Prize and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. No invitations are necessary and any nomination submitted before February 1 of a qualifying year will be accepted.
“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,” Tybring-Gjedde wrote in his nomination letter.
“President Donald Trump played a 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.”
“Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,” Tybring-Gjedde’s letter continued.
This is not the first time Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as in 2018, Tybring-Gjedde was one of two Norwegian politicians to nominate the president for the prestigious award for his work in attempting to reconcile relations between North and South Korea.
President Trump announced the surprise deal between Israel and the UAE last month, with the two nations agreeing to normalize relations and Israel suspending controversial plans to annex part of the occupied West Bank.
“This is a hard earned and well-deserved honor for this president,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Wednesday. “Career politicians merely talk about the kind of results that this president has achieved on the world stage.”
If he were to pick up the prize, Trump would be the fifth US president to win the award, after Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Woodrow Wilson in 1920, Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Barack Obama in 2009.
Obama’s victory came just months after being elected and was met with widespread criticism, with some arguing he had not yet made an impact significant enough to justify winning the award. One of those critics was Trump, who tweeted in 2013 that Obama should be stripped of the award.
“My administration’s proving every day that we can improve our environment while creating millions of high paying jobs. This is a really sharp contrast to the extreme, radical left that you’ve had to deal with and what you’re doing right now is a lot better than anything you’ve ever been accustomed to, I will tell you that,” President Trump said while talking in Jupiter, Florida about his administration’s environmental successes.
“Joe Biden’s plan would destroy America’s middle class while giving a free pass to the world’s worst foreign polluters like China, Russia, India, and many others. They don’t have to clean up their lands, but we have to clean up ours. The left’s agenda isn’t about protecting the environment, it’s about punishing America and that’s true,” President Trump continued.
“Instead of focusing on radical ideology, my administration is focused on delivering real results and that’s what we have and we right now have the cleanest air we’ve ever had in this country.
“Let’s say over the last 40 years, because I assume 200 years ago was probably better. What do you think? I would say that. What do you think the fellas? So I do want to preface that because the fake news is back there. When I say the cleanest air we’ve ever had over a 40 year period, Lindsay, is that okay? A couple of hundred years ago, I would imagine it was pretty good, right?” the president asked.