Two Norwegian politicians nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Geneva Stokes
June 17, 2018

Norwegian politicians have nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss nuclear disarmament, APA reported citing The Independent.

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.

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 US president in the past.

Mr Trump's nomination places him alongside other prominent nominees in the past, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Trump's nomination came from two right-wing members of Norway's Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and lower taxes.

The nomination is past the deadline for the next Prize, so his name is submitted for the 2019 awards.

While the Norwegian Nobel committee is appointed by Parliament, its decisions are independent.

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Mr Trump became the first United States president to meet a North Korean ruler when he flew last week to Singapore to hold one-on-one talks with Kim Jong-un.

Sky Bet is offering odds of the U.S. president winning the award this year at 8/1, while it puts the chances of him winning the prize alongside someone else at 5/4.

It is unclear whether he was nominated for this year's prize, but he was also put forth as a candidate in 2016 and 2017.

The president has also come under bipartisan scrutiny for his announcement that the USA would be halting its "war games" exercises with South Korean while talks with Pyongyang are ongoing. A record 330 people were nominated this year.

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.

Per-Willy Amundsen echoed his remarks, saying that it would not be the first time that a Peace Prize was awarded to someone in the midst of a process.

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