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Two Norwegian Legislators Nominate Trump For Nobel Peace Prize

Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, citing his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The legislators hope that giving Trump the Peace Prize will encourage him to further his efforts to pursue peace with North Korea.

One of the legislators, Progress Party member Per-Willy Amundsen, told NRK, “ 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 yield good results. I believe we can accomplish this by sending a clear signal, namely by awarding Trump the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Progress Party member Christian Tybring-Gjedde noted that the agreement signed between Trump and Kim wasn’t binding and was short on specifics, but stated that the nomination was a nudge to Trump to continue his efforts, saying, “The agreement isn’t binding, but it opens for visits both ways, as well as getting the disarmament process underway and putting a damper on the joint military exercises of USA and South Korea.”

Amundsen noted that it wouldn’t be the first time the peace prize had been awarded to someone in the midst of a process, adding, “We will, of course, follow the development closely, but the fact that we have come this far is in my opinion worthy of a peace prize.”

In May, a group of GOP House members sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating the president for a Nobel Peace Prize. The letter stated, “Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons program and bring peace to the region.”