President Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, for his efforts to resolve worldwide conflicts getting him accolades. His nomination comes just weeks after the president helped to broker a historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
His nominator Christian Tybring-Gjedde is a member of the Norwegian Parliament, and in his nomination letter to the Nobel Committee, acknowledged that President Trump and his administration have played an important role in establishing a good relationship between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE.)
“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,” he wrote, reports Fox News.
Tybring-Gjedde also stated that 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.”
The president’s persistence in withdrawing many troops from the Middle East also earned praise from Tybring-Gjedde. “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.
Tybring-Gjedde spoke with Fox News in an exclusive interview and insisted his recent nomination of President Trump is not about becoming popular with the president.
“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.”
In 2009, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the then-President Barack Obama for what was called by the committee his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
Lech Walesa, Poland’s former president, and a 1983 Nobel laureate, also said at the time it was too early to bestow the award on Obama—just 263 days after taking office, reported Fox News. “Too fast. For the time being Obama’s just making proposals. But sometimes the Nobel Committee awards the prize to encourage responsible action,” said Walesa.
President Trump received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2018 following his Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un, although he didn’t win. He was nominated, along with another Norwegian official by Tybring-Gjedde.
A five-person Nobel Committee, appointed by the Norwegian Parliament will determine the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, it will then be announced in October 2021.