Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

One day after holding a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump were Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen of the country's right-leaning Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and shrinking the size of government.

Norwegian broadcaster NPK reports that Tybring-Gjedde considers this nomination "a nudge to make Donald Trump finish what he's started".

The peace prize, first awarded in 1901, was endowed by the Swedish inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel.

Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The committee can not publicly reveal who has been nominated, so it is unclear if Mr Trump is in the running to scoop the prize in 2018.

Trump himself has mused about earning the Nobel saying "everyone thinks so, but I would never say it", when asked about the possibility of the prize last month.

In 2015, Nobel committee member Thorbjoern Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister who heads the Council of Europe, tweeted: "Donald Trump you may have set the news agenda but at what cost?"

President Barack Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, is the most recent American recipient.

Asle Toje, appointed to the committee this year, wrote an opinion piece in a Norwegian newspaper in 2017 telling Norwegians they were too negative towards Trump.

The nomination is for the 2019 prize, because nominations for this year closed in January. His headline: 'Trump is no Hitler'.

Henrik Urdal, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, said nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula "would be a very significant achievement and the committee would have to consider it" for an award.

The UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson said in May that Donald Trump deserves to be in the running for the honour if he can "fix" North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal.