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Will President Trump Win the Nobel Prize After His Summit with North Korea?

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Meriam H. Helal

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:29 GMT

Experts say that President Trump’s chances of winning the Nobel Peace Prize just increased significantly after his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. He is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in reaching an agreement towards de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

In Washington, the question is not whether President Trump will win it or not, but rather will Trump win the prize alone or with someone else in 2018 or 2019?

Two members of Norway’s governing Progress Party, according to the state broadcaster, nominated President Trump. It is unclear whether he was nominated for this year’s prize as the deadline for this year’s prize passed in January, so this nomination would make him eligible for next year.

Nominations for the world’s most coveted prize are open to lawmakers, academics and researchers from around the world. The Nobel Committee in Oslo typically receives hundreds of nominations each year, and past candidates have included Russian President Vladimir Putin and Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. A record 330 people were nominated this year.

“What’s going on now is historic,” Norway Progress Party member Per-Willy Amundsen told reporters “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.”

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters on Tuesday that liberals would “have a meltdown and commit suicide” if President Trump was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

“I want to be there. It may be the first time the Nobel Peace Prize is given and there are mass casualties because I think a lot of liberals would kill themselves if they did that,” Graham said.

“The bottom line is by any objective measure what President Trump has done is historic,” Graham added. “He made the decision early on, and this was his most important decision about North Korea. He took containment off the table. He said to me and others early on, ‘I’m not going to let them get a nuclear weapon that can hit America and contain the threat by threatening to blow North Korea off the map if they use it.'”

“No other president has been that blunt,” he continued. “And that’s why we are where we are. Because China and North Korea believe that if Trump had to, he would use military force and North Korea would lose.”

Actually, President Trump has got a big political boost from his Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un despite his rivals’ criticism of any future challenges that may arise from North Korea.

Strategists from both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party say the imagery and statecraft of the event — the first-ever such encounter between a sitting American president and a North Korean leader — benefit Trump. “It is likely to be a political win for the president,” said Republican strategist Alex Conant, who worked for a Trump rival, Senator Marco Rubio during the presidential race in 2016.

“Trump owns the North Korea problem now,” Conant said. “If peace breaks out on the Korean peninsula that will be to his benefit”.

 “We know Donald Trump can garner as much attention as he wants. He’s like a pro wrestler: If you think he’s a good guy, you’re going to cheer him, and if you think he’s a bad guy, you’re going to boo him — but you’re going to watch either way,” said Doug Heye, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee. He added, “Love him or hate him, Trump has made history where others have failed.”

A Democratic strategist (who spoke on condition of anonymity) argued that some in his party were too eager to dismiss Trump. “Right now, only one thing seems certain: Trump is invested in the outcome of this new process with Pyongyang, and that holds both high potential rewards and very serious risks,” he said.


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