A pair of Norwegian lawmakers has nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after he signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday to work toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The Hill reports,
The nomination, reported by Norway’s state broadcaster, NRK, comes a little more than a month after a group of House Republicans sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee formally requesting that the president be nominated for the coveted prize.
The Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump were Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen of the country’s right-leaning Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and shrinking the size of government.
The nomination is for the 2019 prize, because nominations for this year closed in January.
Some Republicans have floated Trump’s name for the prize in recent months as he worked toward negotiations with North Korea. Those efforts materialized on Tuesday in a historic face-to-face meeting with Kim.
During the summit, Trump and Kim signed a brief document committing the U.S. to unspecified security guarantees for North Korea in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
But some have raised concerns about the substance of the agreement and whether it offers a clear enough path to North Korea’s denuclearization, a promise that Pyongyang has made — and broken — many times in the past.
The president has also come under bipartisan scrutiny for his announcement that the U.S. would be halting its military exercises with South Korea while talks with Pyongyang are ongoing.
Trump declared on Wednesday that “there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”
Lawmakers and academics from around the world can send nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. Last year’s winner was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
The most recent Americans to win the Peace Prize were then-President Obama in 2009 and former Vice President Al Gore in 2007.