President Trump is being nominated for a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for brokering a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
A four-term member of the Norwegian Parliament, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, nominated President Trump for the award. He also praised him for working to resolve longstanding conflicts across the globe. “For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” he said. Tybring-Gjedde also serves as the chairman of Norway’s delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.
According to his nomination letter, Tybring-Gjedde believes the Trump administration played a crucial role in establishing peaceful relations between the U.A.E. and Israel. Additionally, the Norweigian legislator believes the deal is an important first step towards stabilizing relations in the region. In his nomination letter, Tybring-Gjedde wrote, “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.”
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However, Tybring-Gjedde didn’t end his praise for the U.S. president at the U.A.E.-Israel deal. He also touted Trump’s efforts to end conflict elsewhere. He cited the president’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.”
Tybring-Gjedde also lauded Trump for deescalating U.S. troop presence in the Middle East. “Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,” wrote Tybring-Gjedde.
This isn’t Trump’s first nomination. Tybring-Gjedde and another Norwegian official also nominated the president in 2018 for his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un. Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, also nominated him in 2018, but Trump didn’t win. However, the case is much stronger for President Trump this time around. Additionally, he could have an actual shot at taking home the prize.
Tybring-Gjedde is a member of Norway’s conservative-leaning populist party, but he told Fox News he didn’t nominate President Trump to curry favor with the White House. In fact, he said he doesn’t really support Trump’s policies in most cases. “I’m not a big Trump supporter,” said Tybring-Gjedde. “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.”
Obama unexpectedly won the prize in 2009 after just 263 days in office. The committee cited Obama’s “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” back then. However, at that point in his presidency, Obama had done little in the terms of international diplomacy outside of loose proposals.
Like most European institutions, The Nobel Committee has an obvious and documented liberal bias. Therefore, there’s no guaranteed Trump could ever do enough to bring home the coveted peace prize. However, he should be a serious contender for the award next year. This could happen if the committee truly judges the U.S. president on his diplomatic actions.