Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

President Trump has been nominated by two Norwegian lawmakers for the Nobel Peace Prize following his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, according to a report Wednesday.

But before placing your bets, you may want to read what some members of the five-strong Norwegian Nobel Committee, which chooses the victor of the $1 million prize each October, have written about the USA president in the past.

The two lawmakers called Trump's actions regarding North Korea "historic", with the potential "to ensure world peace in the future" in statements to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.

A group of USA lawmakers also are backing Trump's nomination for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

In their historic meeting on Tuesday, Trump and Kim pledged to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, and Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.

There have been 98 Nobel Peace Prizes awarded since 1901.

Politicians, academics, former peace laureates, directors of peace research institutes and current and former members of the Nobel Committee are among those who have the right to propose candidates.

Former President Barack Obama earned the prize, as did Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Ladbrokes increased Trump's chances of winning the prize, either alone or jointly, from 10/1 to 6/4 in the wake of the summit.

Asle Toje, appointed to the committee this year, wrote an opinion piece in a Norwegian newspaper in 2017 telling Norwegians they were too negative toward Trump. His headline: "Trump is no Hitler".

"Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region".

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