Yes, you read correctly. With the possibility to join the likes of Al Gore, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize – but only because he asked nicely. According to reports, the White House asked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the nomination and as it turns out, its true.
Following the historical summit last year between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it is said that the Japanese President filed a nomination after an unofficial request by the White House. Only now however has the news broke, after Trump made an address to the nation last Friday, declaring a national emergency.
“Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize,” Trump said. “He said, ‘I have nominated you … respectfully, on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.’”
“Many other people feel that way, too”, Trump added. “I’ll probably never get it. That’s okay.”
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Whether his application is successful or not will be disclosed in due course. The Nobel Foundation’s website says a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize may be submitted by any person who meets the nomination criteria, which includes current heads of states. Under the foundation’s rules, names and other information about unsuccessful nominations cannot be disclosed for 50 years.