Weeks after it was revealed that a historic peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel would commence, the first of its kind in decades in the region, President Donald J. Trump has been officially nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, made the nomination. Tybring-Gjedde noted, “I’m not a big Trump supporter.”
“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.”
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde said.
Barack Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize just one year into his term as President, without a single diplomatic accomplishment to speak of, however, he received the prestigious award for “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.”
Also cited in the letter was President 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.”
As well, Tybring-Gjedde lauded Trump for withdrawing a large number of troops from the Middle East. “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,” he wrote.
If he wins the prize, Trump will Join other former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, and Theodore Roosevelt who also clinched the prize.
According to Fox News, “The Nobel Peace Prize recipient is determined by a five-person Nobel Committee, which is appointed by the Norwegian Parliament. The winner of the Peace Prize for 2021 will not be announced until October of next year.”