Weeks after helping broker a deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The nomination submission came from Christian Tybring-Gjedde. He is a member of the Norwegian Parliament and chairman to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Fox News reports. Tybring-Gjedde lauded President Trump for his peace efforts to resolve conflicts worldwide.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde said in a statement.
2021 Nobel Peace Prize: The Key Role President Trump Played in Fostering Peace in the Middle East
Tybring-Gjedde writes that President Trump’s administration was instrumental in patching up relations between Israel and the UAE. “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,” he writes.
Furthermore, Tybring-Gjedde also mentions Donald 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.”
Another reason Tybring-Gjedde praised President Trump was for withdrawing troops from the Middle East. He writes that Trump broke a “39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict.”
He continues by saying: “The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter.”
Despite the nomination, Tybring-Gjedde doesn’t consider himself a fan of the U.S. President. “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.”
In 2009, then-President Barack Obama took home the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee cited his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee is comprised of five people appointed by the Norwegian Parliament. The Committee plans to announce next year’s winner in October 2021.
[H/T Daily Mail]