Less than two months into the American presidential election, a Norwegian member of parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde has nominated US President Donald Trump, for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. This is coming at a time when the nation he leads, the United States of America, is everything, but peaceful.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a veteran politician who belongs to the Progress Party and is a member of the pro-Israel parliamentary caucus, Friends of Israel in Norway’s parliament, praised Trump for his peace efforts in numerous conflicts around the world.
“For this merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Price nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde said.
In his nomination letter, Tybring-Gjedde praised Trump for his key role in the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates that is expected to be signed at the White House next week.
“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 co-orperatin and prosperity”, Tybring-Gjedde wrote, also citing Trump’s role in other conflicts like the Kashmir dispute between Pakistan and India and his attempts to defuse tensions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“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 Price laureate jimmy Carter,” Tybring-Gjedde wrote.
“I’m not a big Trump supporter, he said, adding “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes. The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done less than Donald Trump. For example, Barack Obama did nothing”.
Tybring-Gjedde also nominated Trump for the prize in 2018 following the Singapore summit between Trump and the North Korean dictator.
In 2009 the Nobel Committee awarded the peace prize to then-President Barack Obama for what they called his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
However, that award was criticized because it came only nine months after Obama took office and was given for his “efforts” at the time and not any specific achievements.