Published: Thu, June 14, 2018

Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

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.

At the same time, other Twitter users have expressed their discontent with the prospect of Trump and Kim Jong-un getting the Nobel Peace Prize.

Norwegian Progress Party leaders nominated the US president a day after the summit ended.

The lawmakers told Norwegian wire service Norwegian News Agency that Trump "had taken a huge and important step" toward peace with North Korea and disarmament.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen belong to Norway's right-leaning Progressive Party, which favors small government and low taxes, and they hold anti-immigration and anti-Muslim views.

There have been 98 Nobel Peace Prizes awarded since 1901.


South Korean President Moon Jae-in also said in April that Trump is worthy of the Nobel prize for jump-starting the peace talks with North Korea.

Former recipients have included Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, and Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.

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 committee's secretary, Olav Njoelstad, said "it is not impossible" for someone who has been criticised by committee members to be considered, and even win, the prize. So while Trump and Kim could be among the 330 nominees for 2018, an award linked to North Korea may be more likely in 2019.

The North Korean situation has been rocky as it has unfolded, but there has been significant progress.

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