A right-wing Norwegian lawmaker has named US President Donald Trump a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. The MP has claimed that the President should be duly lauded for his efforts at resolving the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict.
On Wednesday, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said, “Trump should be considered because of his work for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East.” He further told the Associated Press, “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.”
This statement comes a month after the first efforts were made by the US, in normalizing relations between Israel and UAE. The signing of the full and final agreement of this historic deal is set to happen on 15th September at the White House.
Tybring-Gjedde said he nominated Trump for the 2021 peace prize as the president fits the criteria. He was also one of the two Norwegian MPs who had nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his efforts to bring reconciliation between North and South Korea.
Saying that he doesn’t agree with all of Trump’s policies, Tybring-Gjedde mentioned in a post on Facebook, “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 US President.”
In 2009, former US President Barack Obama was awarded the prize just months into his first term, for his commitment to “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.” A move that was considered extremely premature by many, President Trump has also voiced his concerns regarding the fairness of the award.
As far as the rules of the nomination are concerned, any politician serving in a national legislature can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not publicly comment on nominees. Under its rules, the information is required to be kept secret for 50 years. Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by February 1, meaning the deadline to nominate people for this year’s peace prize has passed. The process of considering candidates and awarding the Nobel Peace Prize is done in Norway, in contrast to the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded in neighboring Sweden.