If President Trump is awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his historic peace negotiations with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un, it will truly be a well-deserved award.
Today, it was announced that two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen, lawmakers with the populist Progress Party, told Norwegian news agency NTB on Wednesday that Trump “had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea.”
A group of U.S. lawmakers also are backing Trump’s nomination for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
The process of considering candidates and awarding the Nobel Peace Prize is done in Norway. Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee before Feb. 1. The committee doesn’t publicly comment on who was nominated, information which is required to be kept secret for 50 years.
Barack Obama received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, but in 2015, Nobel Secretary Gier Lundestad publicly expressed his regret for giving Obama a Nobel Peace Prize that he never earned.
Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen Mr. Obama.
Instead, the decision was met with criticism in the US. Many argued he had not had any impact worthy of the award.
Mr. Lundestad, writing in his memoir, Secretary of Peace, said even Mr. Obama himself had been surprised.
“No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama,” Mr. Lundestad writes.
“Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” he says. “In that sense, the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for”.
He also reveals that Mr. Obama considered not going to pick up the award in Norway’s capital, Oslo.
His staff enquired whether other winners had skipped the ceremony but found this has happened only on rare occasions, such as when dissidents were held back by their governments.