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Two Norwegian politicians nominate Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize

Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. 

By – Reuters

Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen, lawmakers with the populist Progress Party, made the nomination.

Trump ‘had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea,’ they told Norwegian news agency NTB on Wednesday.

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 February 1.

The committee doesn’t publicly comment on who was nominated, information which is required to be kept secret for 50 years.

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.

But while a Nobel award would cause consternation among Trump’s critics, he also has some high-profile supporters.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in April that Trump deserved the prize.

In 2015, Nobel committee member Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister who heads the Council of Europe, tweeted: ‘Donald Trump you may have set the news agenda but at what cost? Divisive and irresponsible from a presidential hopeful’.

Last December, he wrote: ‘Trump is insulting Muslims on Twitter’ and by contrast praised former President Barack Obama, who won the 2009 prize, as a statesman.

Jagland declined to comment on Trump’s chances after the summit.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee’s vice-chair, Henrik Syse, wrote in a blog in December, 2016, that: ‘President-elect Donald Trump has, with his rhetoric, lowered the threshold for moral decency so far it is downright scary.’

Syse said his writings as a political philosopher and commentator ‘should in no way be read as comments pertaining to the prize or to our process in what is a five-person committee.’

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

He declined to comment on Tuesday. The remaining two committee members appear not to have written publicly about Trump.

The committee’s secretary, Olav Njoelstad, said ‘it is not impossible’ for someone who has been criticised by committee members to be considered, and even win, the prize.

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