President Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Friday morning for brokering a historic peace deal between Serbia and the breakaway republic Kosovo. It was the second time this week the president was nominated for the prestigious award.
On Wednesday, a member of the Norwegian Parliament nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for helping broker a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Meanwhile, the president on Friday announced yet another peace deal establishing full diplomatic relations between Bahrain and Israel.
“This is really something special, very, very special,” Trump said in the Oval Office, predicting that the region “will become more secure and prosperous” as a result of the diplomatic agreement.
Joint Statement of the United States, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the State of Israel pic.twitter.com/xMquRkGtpM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2020
Magnus Jacobsson, a member of the Swedish Parliament, announced Friday that he was nominating the Trump administration, Serbia, and Kosovo for their “joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House.”
“Trade and communications are important building blocks for peace,” Jacobsson wrote, sharing his letter to the Nobel Committee on Twitter.
I have nominated the US Gov. and the governments of Kosovo and Serbia for the Nobel Peace Prize for their joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House. Trade and communications are important building blocks for peace. pic.twitter.com/XuhkLbHZAV
— Magnus Jacobsson (@magnusjacobsson) September 11, 2020
During a signing ceremony at the White House on September 4, President Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia and Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti of Kosovo signed a brokered commitment to achieve economic normalization between the peoples and governments of Serbia and Kosovo.
“Friday’s agreement reflects President Trump’s long-held vision for Kosovo and Serbia to focus on economic development, job creation and industrial development as prerequisites to the permanent resolution of political disputes,” wrote former Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell at the Hill.
His belief from the start has been that trust is built first in the process of creating opportunities and futures for young people, rather than in the settlement of scores, symbolism or the righting of historical wrongs. The U.S. will spend the next year implementing these new agreements, and the people and governments of Kosovo and Serbia have the full trust of the U.S. government to carry them forward.
“When the U.S. government prioritizes diplomacy over force, and understanding over threats, the world stands to benefit,” Grenell wrote.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, on Wednesday nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for the Israel and United Arab Emirates peace deal.
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News.
In his nomination letter to the Nobel Committee, Tybring-Gjedde said the Trump administration had played a key role in the establishment of relations between Israel and the UAE. “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,” he wrote.
Tybring-Gjedde, further, praised Trump for withdrawing a large number of troops from the Middle East. “Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,” he wrote.
This is not Trump’s first such nomination, as Tybring-Gjedde submitted one along with another Norwegian official in 2018 following the U.S. president’s Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un. Japan’s prime minister reportedly did the same. Trump did not win.
Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News, “I’m not a big Trump supporter” but added: “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes.”
He went on to argue that past Peace Prize winners were much less worthy of the honor than President Trump.
“The people who have received the Peace Prize in recent years have done much less than Donald Trump. For example, Barack Obama did nothing.”
Indeed, Obama was awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize in October of 2009 before he had accomplished anything to contribute to world peace.
In fact, Geir Lundestad, the non-voting Director of the Nobel Institute, wrote in his 2015 memoir that Obama had failed to live up to the Nobel Committee’s expectations.
The Trump administration has brokered three historic peace deals in just the past month, but it’s highly unlikely that the liberal-leaning Nobel committee will honor Trump with an award that is usually reserved for globalists.
At any rate, the winner won’t be announced until October of next year.