Copenhagen, Denmark – A right-wing Norwegian legislator said on Wednesday that he had nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the Middle East.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the right-wing Development Party, said Mr. Trump should be considered because of his work “for abetween the United Arab Emirates and Israel which will open for possible peace in the Middle East. “
“No matter how Trump behaves at home and what he said at press conferences, he has a full chance of winning the Nobel Peace Prize,”; Tybring-Gjedde told The Associated Press.
He said he nominated Trump on Wednesday, adding that “Donald Trump has met the criteria” for the Nobel Peace Prize.
President Trump retweeted a link to the Jerusalem Post article about his nomination, simply saying, “Thank you!”
Tybring-Gjedde was also one of two Norwegian lawmakers nominatedfor his efforts to bring about reconciliation .
Tybring-Gjedde’s daughter Mathilde, a member of Parliament for the right-wing Conservative Party, criticized the nomination in an email to CBS News.
“I did not nominate Donald Trump because I do not believe he qualified to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. army and for holding and promoting peace congresses. ‘Donald Trump did not think so when I read this description, “said Mathilde Tybring-Gjedde.
Any national legislator can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The process of considering candidates, shrinking the broad field of nominees and awarding prizes is taking place in Norway, in contrast to other Nobel Prizes, awarded in neighboring Sweden. Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee on February 1.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee did not publicly comment on the nominees. Under its rules, information is required to be kept confidential for 50 years.
The Nobel Committee said on its website that, as of Wednesday, a total of 318 candidates had been nominated for the 2020 Peace Prize, of which 211 were individuals and 107 were organizations. That was the fourth highest number of candidates ever, with a current record of 376 candidates reached in 2016.
“It is now expected that the Nobel Committee can consider what Trump has achieved globally and that it has not stumbled upon the established prejudice against the President of the United States,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde said in a Facebook post.