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Norwegian lawmaker nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

President Donald Trump disembarks Marine One at Asheville Regional Airport Landing Zone in Asheville, N.C. on Aug. 24, 2020. A Norwegian lawmaker on Wednesday, Sept. 9, nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his administrations work in bringing the United Arab Emirates and Israel to a historic peace agreement.

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By JAN M. OLSEN | Associated Press | Published: September 9, 2020

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A Norwegian lawmaker said Wednesday that he has nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian parliament for the populist Progress Party, said Trump should be considered because of his work “for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East.”

Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed last month to a historic deal normalizing relations and are scheduled to sign it at the White House on Sept. 15.

“No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize,” Tybring-Gjedde said.

He said he nominated Trump on Wednesday for the 2021 prize, adding that “Donald Trump meets the criteria.”

Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by Feb. 1, meaning the deadline to nominate people for this year's peace prize has passed.

Tybring-Gjedde was one of two Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for efforts to bring reconciliation between North and South Korea. Any lawmaker serving in a national legislature can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Tybring-Gjedde has been a member of the Storting, the Norwegian parliament, since 2005. He is known for being pro-Israel and for opposing immigration policies that he thinks have been too welcoming.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama was awarded the prize in 2009 only months into his first term, a move many felt was premature. The Norwegian committee said it honored Obama for his commitment to “seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn’t publicly comment on nominees. Under its rules, the information is required to be kept secret for 50 years.

Last year, Trump predicted he would win the Nobel Prize “for a lot of things if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t.”

In a Facebook post, Tybring-Giedd said he hopes the "Nobel Committee is able to consider what Trump has achieved internationally and that it does not stumble in established prejudice against the U.S. President."

Tybring-Giedd, however, noted that he doesn't agree with all of Trump's policies, stating, "I am not a big Trump supporter."

The process of considering candidates and awarding the Nobel Peace Prize is done in Norway, in contrast to the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded in neighboring Sweden.
 

Norwegian Parliament member Christian Tybring-Gjedd is seen in Oslo on Nov. 17, 2014. Tybring-Gjedd on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize 2021 for his efforts to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East.
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