Coming off his intense summit with the leaders of the bifurcated Korean Peninsula, it appears that President Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Prize. And, even if he doesn’t win it, he has already beaten Barack Obama because Trump has actually done something to deserve his nomination.
With the close of his June summit, Trump became the first U.S. president to bring the Chinese-supported North Koreans to a negotiating table with the west. Already his work to begin the process of securing a peace has eased tensions that had recently been flaring with Kim Jong-un’s constant nuclear tests and missile launches.
Many have pointed out that the meeting did not result in a long list of concrete agreements, but that isn’t what Trump set out to do with this first meeting. All he wanted to do this time was to break the ice and get the ball rolling. And it at appears that he did just that.
Not only that, but no other president has ever succeeded in even getting this far. So, with that success, it appears that some leaders in Norway think Trump deserves a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
According to the UK Independent:
Norwegian politicians have nominated US President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to discuss nuclear disarmament.
The nomination came from two members of Norway’s Progress Party, which is the third largest political party in the country and is generally considered left of centre with libertarian leanings, according to Norwegian state broadcaster NRK.
“What’s going on now is historic,” Progress Party member Per-Willy Amundsen told NRK. “A process is underway to ensure world peace in the future. It’s a fragile process, but we must of course do what we can to help this process bring good results.
The two politicians also told Norwegian news agency NTB that Trump “had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea,” According to the Associated Press reported.
Unfortunately the deadline for submission of nominees for the 2018 prize is already passed, so the nomination will have to be for the 2019 prizes.
But the pair of Norwegian politicians are not alone.
As far as South Korean President Moon Jae-in is concerned, Trump deserves the prize for his efforts to bring a lasting, nuclear-free peace in the region.
“President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize” Moon reportedly said. “What we need is only peace.”
Also, in January, Moon said that Trump “deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks. It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.”
A group of Republicans have also called for Trump to be nominated for the prize:
Following the South Korean president’s informal nomination, a group of 18 Republican members of Congress signed their names to a letter formally nominating Trump for the prize in May.
The letter was sent by Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana to the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Wednesday and signed on to by 17 other House GOP members, including Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, and Steve King of Iowa to name some.
In the letter, the lawmakers commend Trump for working “tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons program and bring peace to the region.”
“His Administration successfully united the international community, including China, to impose one of the most international sanctions regimes in history,” which “have been largely credited for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table,” they said.
If he were to win the prize, Trump would not be the first president to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama have also won the prize.
But, in truth, of the four presidents who won the Nobel, only Teddy Roosevelt really deserved his award. Wilson won his after he was essentially mentally incapacitated by ill health and also when he was almost out of office, so he didn’t really do anything to deserve it. And Carter and Obama did absolutely nothing to deserve theirs.
Teddy Roosevelt won his prize by being the arbiter who helped the Russians and the Japanese put an end to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904. Roosevelt won his prize for helping to broker the Treaty of Portsmouth in 1905. This was the only true accomplishment of the four presidents who thus far have been awarded the Nobel.
Wilson won his Nobel Peace Prize for the supposed “success” of creating the League of Nations, but the whole plan was still born, really, and fell apart quickly enough. Worse, he was cited for his part in the Armistice plan that ended World War One. Why is that such a joke? Because his “deal” essentially set the stage for an even worse war which came only a few decades later when Hitler took over Germany and started World War Two.
Jimmy Carter’s was even more of a joke because his Nobel was awarded because they claimed he tried to “find peaceful solutions to international conflicts”… not that he succeeded in any real accomplishments on that level. He just tried.
Of course, the biggest joke of all was Barack Obama’s Peace Prize. Obama is infamous for winning the prize just because he had some good intentions of sorta doing some nice things for peace… maybe.. cuz “Yes, We Can!!” In truth he did nothing at all for peace. And, worse, despite his super-cool-o prize, Obama then went on to become the president who bombed more nations than any president since World War Two. So, he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.
In contrast, what Trump just did would place him as the second most deserving of the Nobel among the other four presidents who won the prize. Only Teddy’s Nobel was won for some more supreme accomplishments than Trump’s. And even if Trump doesn’t win, his accomplishment in Korea qualifies him for more accolades than Wilson, Carter or that loser Obama.
So, bring on the judges. let’s get this award to our president!