Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said Wednesday that he has nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East. The president last month made the announcement of the historic peace agreement that would pave the way for full normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE. “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 media. Tybring-Gjedde was also one of two Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Mr. Trump for the peace prize in 2018. President Trump retweeted a link to the Jerusalem Post’s article about his nomination, saying simply, “Thank you!”
According the rules, Any national lawmaker can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize. Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by February 1. The Nobel Committee says on its website that, as of Wednesday, a total of 318 candidates have been put forward for the 2020 Peace Prize, of which 211 are individuals and 107 are organizations. „I think he [Mr Trump] has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde explained his option. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after receiving a request from the US government to do so. The winner of the prize for 2021 will not be announced until October of next year.