US President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 for his success in landing a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
The nominee is Christian Tybring-Gjedde, Norwegian Member of Parliament and Head of the Norwegian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In a statement, he justifies the decision by saying that Trump has done more for peace between countries than any of the other nominees. At the same time, he says that the nomination should not be interpreted as meaning that he is generally a big Trump supporter.
Under Trump’s supervision the peace agreement was negotiated and signed by the United Arab Emirates and Israel, an agreement that contributes to increased stability and the chance for lasting peace in the region.
Tybring-Gjedde also mentions Trump’s efforts to preserve peace between India and Pakistan, where border disputes have arisen in areas around Kashmir and his mediation between North Korea and South Korea as further justifications for why the US president deserves the award.
In a comment on Twitter, Trump thanks for the nomination.
This is not the first time that Tybring-Gjedde has nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. He also did so in 2018 for the US President’s initiative for the summit in Singapore with the North Korean communist dictator Kim Jong Un.
Tybring-Gjedde believes that the prize should be awarded on the basis of actual merit and that Trump should not be disqualified just because he has a leadership style and a way of expressing himself that is disapproved of by many.
The Norwegian parliamentarian also mentions how Barack Obama received the award without having done anything at all, a choice of laureates that many, including Obama himself, found embarrassing and undeserved.