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Donald Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize dream

Donald Trump's Nobel Peace Prize dream 3
Donald Trump's Nobel Peace Prize dream 3

Over the past three years, Trump has repeatedly raised the prospect of being awarded the award.

`I would get the Nobel Prize for so many achievements if they gave them fairly, but they don’t,` Trump said in 2019.

`Nobel Peace, can you imagine?` he asked again in September and shared at least 12 tweets from supporters on the topic.

President Trump at the White House on September 23.

Trump’s desire to win is fueled by far-flung foreign allies, including an anti-immigration Norwegian politician and an Australian law professor known for his pro-monarchy campaigns.

World leaders, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, are also involved in the effort.

This year, the White House issued an official statement, announcing that Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The World Food Program won the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize on October 9.

Trump’s efforts to pursue the Nobel Prize have been discussed a lot in the media but have not brought results.

Fredrik Heffermehl, a Norwegian peace activist, wrote: `Many people outside the US have such animosity toward Trump that I cannot imagine the committee taking the time to consider whether to award him the prize.`

The US has four presidents who have won the award: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

Stanley Wein, author of a book about Roosevelt, explains that Roosevelt did not campaign to win the award.

Unlike most other awards, the Nobel Peace Prize has a fairly open nomination system: Those eligible to nominate are members of national parliaments or cabinets;

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said there are 318 candidates for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize, including 211 individuals and 107 organizations.

Trump’s `fate` with the Nobel Peace Prize had an unusual start.

Trump was then nominated multiple times in 2019 for his efforts to negotiate with North Korea, according to public statements from those who nominated him.

Not everyone who nominated Trump admitted that.

Mr. Moon believes that Mr. Trump should win the Nobel Prize thanks to his efforts in negotiating with North Korea, although it is unclear whether the South Korean President will nominate him or not.

Although Trump did not win this year, he was nominated by at least three people for the 2021 award. Tybring-Gjedde, who nominated Trump in 2018, wrote to Oslo in support of him again in November.

Known for her anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views, Tybring-Gjedde once caused controversy when she compared Muslim women’s headscarves to the robes worn by members of the white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan.

Magnus Jacobsson, a Swedish MP from the center-right Christian Democrats, later announced he also nominated Trump for the award because of the US-led peace negotiations between Kosovo and Serbia.

The third nomination came from a group of Australian lawyers led by David Flint, an 82-year-old legal professor.

`What he did with the Trump Doctrine was decide America would no longer engage in endless wars, wars that achieve nothing but the killing of thousands of young Americans,` Flint said.

However, many people are taking a cautious view of the US-led negotiations in the Middle East and the Balkans.

`Peace on the Korean Peninsula is even more elusive today,` said Jean Lee, director of the Wilson Center’s Korea Center.

Trump’s low international reputation is even more of an obstacle to his path to the Nobel Prize, even though many controversial people have received the award.

Heffermehl criticized the Norwegian Nobel Committee for not focusing on the original meaning of the prize, saying it should go to `defenders of peace`, promoting `non-military brotherhood between nations`.

However, he added: `I still find Trump completely unfit to win the award.`

Trump will wait to see whether next year’s Nobel Prize will go to him or not.

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