Following a turbulent term in office, many would argue that Donald Trump has brought more unrest to his country than peace following a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico as well as his mishandling of the Black Lives Matter protests that still sweep across the nation. So overnight, when it was announced that the President was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, people were understandably confused.
A far-right Norwegian politician has put Trump’s name in the running for the 2021 prize citing the president’s role in the recent peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News on Wednesday: “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other peace prize nominees.”
But it turns out it isn’t the first time the U.S. leader has been nominated. In 2018, Mr. Tybring-Gjedde and a fellow Norwegian lawmaker nominated Trump for his efforts in bringing reconciliation between North and South Korea.
If Trump were to win the prize, it would make him the fifth U.S. president to do so, following Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Woodrow Wilson in 1920, Jimmy Carter in 2002 and Barack Obama in 2009.
The pool of people allowed to nominate a person is quite low, with the criteria accepting nomination from heads of state or politicians serving at a national level. In addition, university professors, directors of foreign policy institutes, past recipients of a Nobel Prize and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee are also allowed.
Stay tuned for further developments.