President Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by a member of the Norwegian Parliament who cited the president effort in playing a key role for brokering a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and a four-term member of Norwegian Parliament submitted Trump name for nomination to the Nobel Committee. He is also a member of Norway’s conservative-leaning Progress Part.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde said of Trump during an interview with Fox News.
In the nomination letter to the Nobel Committee, Tybring-Gjedde said the Trump administration played an important role in brokering relations between the UAE and Israel.
“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,” Tybring-Gjedde wrote in the nomination letter.
Tybring-Gjedde cited 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.”
He also praised Trump for withdrawing a majority of U.S. 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,” Tybring-Gjedde wrote.
Tybring-Gjedde said his nomination of Trump was not an attempt to “curry favors.”
“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.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has been nominated for the coveted prize. In 2018, Tybring-Gjedde and another Norwegian lawmaker, Per-Willy Amundsen nominated Trump for the 2019 prize due to his role in signing an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, praising the president in his work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also nominated Trump for the prize, but unfortunately didn’t win.
The most recent Americans to win the Peace Prize were former President Obama in 2009 and former Vice President Al Gore in 2007. Three other presidents have also won the Nobel Peace Prize — President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906; President Woodrow Wilson in 1920; and President Jimmy Carter in 2002.
The winner of the Peace Prize for 2021 will not be announced until October of next year.