President Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize Following North Korea Summit

Charlene Craig
June 17, 2018

It did not take long for bookmakers to slash Donald Trump's odds of winning the Nobel Peace Prize in the wake of the historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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.

The president has also come under bipartisan scrutiny for his announcement that the US would be halting its "war games" exercises with South Korean while talks with Pyongyang are ongoing.

Nobel prize winners are United States presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

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Some Republicans have floated Trump's name for the Nobel Prize in recent months as he worked towards negotiations with North Korea.

The initiative of nominating Donald trump belongs to the former justice Minister of Norway Per-Willy Amundsen and Christian Tybring-Yedda.

Nomination comes after historic meeting with North Korean leader.

In a letter to Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Berit Reiss-Andersen, Bryant and six governors wrote that Trump's "firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, friendship and unity between the two Koreas - and the rest of the world", according to the Associated Press.

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Critics say it is too premature to hail Mr Trump's diplomacy in Korea as a success.

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

A record 330 people were nominated for the 2018 award. The Nobel Committee does not reveal the names of the nominees for 50 years.

But the nomination by Norwegian lawmakers brings the nomination closer to home: the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, who are all appointed by the Norwegian Parliament (a task that reportedly dates back to a request by Alfred Nobel himself).

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During the phone talks, Moon said Trump had achieved a great success in the summit, laying the foundation for peace not only on the Korean Peninsula but in the entire world.

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