A letter officially nominating President Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been signed by 18 Republican lawmakers to recognize him for his efforts and work toward peace between North and South Korea.
The nomination on May 2, 2018, for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize was announced just days after North and South Korea leaders declared that they would enter a “new era of peace” and rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons. The letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by the Republican members of Congress indicated that Trump’s nomination for the award was due to his work to “end the Korean War, denuclearize the Korean peninsula, and bring peace to the region.”
The group of Republicans responsible for Trump’s nomination was led by Representative Luke Messer of Indiana, a loyal Trump supporter and advocate who had a lot to say about his nomination of Trump for the prestigious award.
“The only reason the North Korean dictator is coming to the table is because President Trump has stared him down and shown him that we have a leader in America who means business and who has changed the dynamic in major ways,” he told Fox News. “That’s why I think he has to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Messer also gave President Trump credit for accomplishing more than his predecessor and commended his leadership abilities, “This is more progress in North Korea than we saw during the entire Obama administration,” said Messer. “And it’s a direct result of President Trump’s strong leadership on the world stage.”
An excerpt from the group’s nomination letter had this to say about Trump’s efforts, “Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region. His Administration successfully united the international community, including China, to impose one of the most successful international sanctions regimes in history. The sanctions decimated the North Korean economy and have been largely credited for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table.”
Support for Trump’s Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize
The call for recognition for Trump’s efforts has been repeated since the recent developments in the region where North and South Korean leaders have met in person for a summit and declared a formal end to the Korean War. During this meeting, North Korea also agreed to end their nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missile testing program.
Support for the president’s nomination of the award has been seen on many levels, with the most recent being a rally in Michigan where he spoke of progress in North Korea, only to be interrupted by the chant of the crowds: “No-bel, No-bel, No-bel.”
Even those who have historically been an opponent of Trump have shown support for him winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from SC, surprisingly gave his support for Trump receiving the prize. During a recent appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures”, where he reacted to the historic meeting between North and South Korea and Trump’s role, he announced his support, “President Trump, if he can lead us to ending the Korean War after 70 years and getting North Korea to give up their nuclear program in a verifiable way deserves the Nobel Peace Prize and then some,” Graham said.
The most convincing argument for the nomination of the prize though was given by South Korean President Moon Jae-in when he announced that he also thought Trump should get the the prestigious honor. Since the beginning of the new year, Moon has praised the president’s role indicating that he “deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks,” and further indicated that “it could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.” According to Reuters, Moon also made this statement supporting Trump’s efforts, “President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. What we need is only peace.”
~ Liberty Planet