Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

A group of Republican lawmakers has nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring North Korea to the negotiating table - a stunning turnaround from past year, when Washington and Pyongyang found themselves locked in a bitter war of words and threats that some feared could lead to nuclear war. "This president is actually going to earn it".

Norwegian Progress Party leaders nominated the USA president a day after the summit ended.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to someone "who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses", according to the prize's website.

Christian Tybring-Gjedde (right) and Per-Willy Amundsen (left), lawmakers with the populist Progress Party, made the nomination.

There have been 98 Nobel Peace Prizes awarded since 1901.

Trump himself has mused about earning the Nobel saying "everyone thinks so, but I would never say it", when asked about the possibility of the prize last month.

In 2015, Nobel committee member Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister who heads the Council of Europe, tweeted: "Donald Trump you may have set the news agenda but at what cost? Divisive and irresponsible from a presidential hopeful".

Ladbrokes increased Trump's chances of winning the prize, either alone or jointly, from 10/1 to 6/4 in the wake of the summit.

While the Norwegian Nobel committee is appointed by parliament, its decisions are independent. His headline: "Trump is no Hitler". The remaining two committee members appear not to have written publicly about Trump.

The North Korean situation has been rocky as it has unfolded, but there has been significant progress.

"Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region".

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