COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A far-right 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.
See past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in a gallery at the end of this story
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right 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."
"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, told The Associated Press.
He said he nominated Trump on Wednesday, adding that "Donald Trump meets the criteria" for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Tybring-Gjedde was also one of two Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump for the peace prize in 2018 for his efforts to bring reconciliation between North and South Korea.
Any national lawmaker can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The process of considering candidates and awarding the prize is done in Norway, in contrast to the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded in neighboring Sweden. Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by Feb. 1.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn't publicly comment on nominees. Under its rules, the information is required to be kept secret for 50 years.
"It is now to hope that the Nobel Committee is able to consider what Trump has achieved internationally and that it does not stumble in established prejudice against the US President," Tybring-Gjedde said in a Facebook post.
Nobel Peace Prize winners, through the years
2019: Abiy Ahmed
2018: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad
2017: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)
2016: Juan Manuel Santos
2015: National Dialogue Quartet
2014: Malala Yousafzai
2014: Kailash Satyarthi
2013: Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
2012: European Union (EU)
2011: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman
2010: Liu Xiaobo
2009: Barack Obama
2008: Martti Ahtisaari
2007: Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
2006: Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank
2005: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei
2004: Wangari Muta Maathai
2003: Shirin Ebadi
2002: Jimmy Carter
2001: United Nations (U.N.) and Kofi Annan
2000: Kim Dae-jung
1999: Médecins Sans Frontières
1998: John Hume and David Trimble
1997: International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and Jody Williams
1996: Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo and José Ramos-Horta
1995: Joseph Rotblat and Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
1994: Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin
1993: Nelson Mandela and Frederik Willem de Klerk
1992: Rigoberta Menchú Tum
1991: Aung San Suu Kyi
1990: Mikhail S. Gorbachev
1989: The 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso)
1988: United Nations Peacekeeping Forces
1987: Oscar Arias Sanchez
1986: Elie Wiesel
1985: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
1984: Desmond M. Tutu
1983: Lech Walesa
1982: Alva Myrdal and Alfonso García Robles
1980: Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
1979: Mother Teresa
1978: Mohamed Anwar al-Sadat and Menachem Begin
1977: Amnesty International
1976: Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan
1975: Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov
1973: Henry A. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho
1971: Willy Brandt
1970: Norman Borlaug
1968: Rene Cassin
1965: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
1964: Martin Luther King Jr.
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