NATIONWIDE — President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by a member of the Norwegian Parliament for his role in brokering the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The news was first exclusively reported by Fox News.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” far-right Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedde said to Fox News.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed last month to a historic deal normalizing relations and are scheduled to sign it at a White House ceremony on Sept. 15.
“No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize,” Tybring-Gjedde, told The Associated Press.
In his letter submitting Trump for the nomination, Tybring-Gjedde also cited Trump’s efforts in “facilitating contact between conflicting parties” and “creating new dynamics” in conflicts such as the border dispute between India and Pakistan, as well as tensions with North Korea.
Tybring-Gjedde previously submitted Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018, along with another member of Norway’s Parliament, following Trump’s summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Japan also nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize, reportedly at the behest of the U.S. government. Trump did not win.
Former president Barack Obama was awarded the prize in 2009, just months into his first term, which his critics felt was premature. The Norwegian committee said it honored Obama for his commitment to “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”
Last year, Trump predicted that he would win the Nobel Prize “for a lot of things if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t.”
“It is now to hope that the Nobel Committee is able to consider what Trump has achieved internationally and that it does not stumble in established prejudice against the U.S. President,” Tybring-Gjedde said in a Facebook post.
However, he said he doesn’t agree with all of Trump’s policies.
“I am not a big Trump supporter,” he said.
The Norwegian Nobel Institute said they could not confirm the nomination to the Jerusalem Post, citing a confidentiality clause.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.