09 September 2020 18:32
Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize following his efforts to broker a deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The US president's name has been put forward by Norwegian politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde, according to Fox News. "For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees," Mr Tybring-Gjedde, a four-term member of parliament, told the channel. Image: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and US presidential adviser Jared Kushner last month On Tuesday, a White House official announced Mr Trump will hold a signing ceremony on 15 September for a groundbreaking Middle East agreement normalising relations between Israel and the UAE. As part of the deal, announced at the White House on 13 August following what officials said were 18 months of talks, the Gulf state agreed to normal relations with Israel, while Israel agreed to continue with plans to suspend its annexation of the West Bank.
Advertisement In 2020, there were 318 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. Submissions must be made online and all nominees are discussed before a shortlist of the most worthy and interesting is drawn up. Mr Tybring-Gjedde's letter to the Nobel Committee praised the US president's role in improving relations between the Middle Eastern nations. He wrote: "As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity." Image: Mr Trump leads a meeting in August with leaders of Israel and UAE announcing a peace agreement This is not the first time Mr Trump has been nominated for the prize. In 2018, Mr Tybring-Gjedde submitted his name following his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The US president did not win.
"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 news agency. He said he nominated Trump for the 2021 prize as "Donald Trump meets the criteria". Christian Tybring-Gjedde of the far-right Progress Party said Donald Trump should be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize [NTB Scanpix/Torstein Boe via Reuters] Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by February 1, meaning the deadline to nominate people for this year's peace prize has passed. Tybring-Gjedde was one of the two Norwegian MPs who had nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his efforts to bring reconciliation between North and South Koreas. Any politician serving in a national legislature can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize. Former US 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 honoured Obama for his commitment to "seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons". Last year, Trump predicted that he would win the Nobel Prize "for a lot of things if they gave it out fairly, which they don't". The Norwegian Nobel Committee does not 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. However, he said he does not agree with all of Trump's policies. "I am not a big Trump supporter," he said. 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 neighbouring Sweden. President Donald Trump began the week as a 100-to-1 longshot to take home this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but his odds improved dramatically after he was nominated for the award by a right-wing, anti-immigration lawmaker in Norway. The Progress Party's Christian Tybring-Gjedde, in an interview on Fox News, cited the peace deal brokered by the U.S. between Israel and the UAE as the reason for the nomination. "For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees," Tybring-Gjedde said. With that, online bookie Betfair said that Trump went from a dark horse to a tie with Microsoft MSFT, +4.89% co-founder Bill Gates, who has been a constant media presence during the pandemic, for seventh most likely to win. "Donald Trump's shock inclusion has seen the odds of him winning the prize he has craved for so long fall significantly," Betfair's Sam Rosbottom said in a statement. "And now in a year where he is an 11/10 shot to win re-election, it's impossible to rule him out entirely. Still, as far as world leaders go, New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, who has gained praise for her response to the coronavirus outbreak, is far and away the favorite at 5-to-1, trailing only the World Health Organization and Greta Thunberg as the odds-on winners. Here's the full breakdown: World Health Organisation: 5/2 Greta Thunberg: 3/1 Jacinda Ardern: 5/1 UNHCR: 12/1 Black Lives Matter: 16/1 Moon Jae-In: 18/1 Donald Trump: 20/1 Bill Gates: 20/1 Julian Assange: 33/1 Vladimir Putin: 33/1 Emmanuel Macron: 35/1 Boris Johnson: 50/1 Joe Biden: 50/1 Michelle Obama: 55/1 Kim Jong-un: 60/1 As you can see, there are some interesting choices. The Norwegian Nobel Committee receives hundreds of nominations each year, many of them serious eyebrow-raisers, from lawmakers, governments officials and academic types. "This peace deal is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of President Trump, and he is honored to be considered by the Nobel Committee," The White House said in a statement. Of course, the notion of Trump as this year's winner lit a huge fire on Twitter TWTR, +3.12%. Here are just a few of the responses from both sides of the aisle: The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize is set to be announced on Oct. 9.