Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize after North Korea summit

Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize after North Korea summit

The summit in Singapore has proven that US President Donald Trump is a "man of peace" worthy of the highest award of this caliber, two Norwegian MPs representing the right-wing Progress Party maintain.

Four U.S. presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize: Barack Obama in 2009, Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Woodrow Wilson in 1919 and Jimmy Carter in 2002.

Lawmakers and academics from around the world can send nominations for the Nobel Prize.

Reuters President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hold a signing ceremony at the conclusion of their summit in Singapore on Tuesday.

In the US, the gap widens with President Trump showing a 100-point jump to Kim Jong-un's 37-point increase.

The deadline for this year's prize passed in January, so this nomination would make him eligible for next year. A letter with a similar request 17 Republicans to the house of representatives of the United States Congress has written to the Norwegian Nobel prize Committee. Trump himself nearly pulled out of the summit in the weeks leading up to it.

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'.

He declined to comment on Tuesday. This year, it was nominated for a record number of 330 people.

Any member of a national assembly may submit nominations for consideration.

While Trump is getting praise from many sides for his efforts in North Korea, the news coverage by left-leaning media outlets has been heavily critical of his efforts.

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