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  • Maya Reed, reporter

Trump Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

President Donald Trump now has the chance to join Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr. in winning a Nobel Peace Prize. President Trump has received two nominations for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize award. Both nominations are for Trump’s work on diplomatic relations.

President Trump’s first nomination, from far-right Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde, is for the President’s work on diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and his role in a deal the two countries recently reached. Although Tybring-Gjedde has stated that he is not a Trump supporter, he says that President Trump has, “done more trying to create peace between nations than most other peace prize nominees.”

The second nomination, from Swedish Parliament member Magnuss Jacobson, is for the President’s role in securing a deal for normalizing economics between Serbia and Kosovo.

Immediately following the first nomination, the Trump campaign released a series of social media ads to announce Trump’s nomination, but misspelled the award as the “Noble Peace Prize”. At least six ads were shown with the typo. The ads also falsely claimed that President Trump has “achieved peace in the Middle East,” which he has not. The ads have since been taken down and listed as inactive.

Trump’s nomination has been both criticized and praised on social media, with some saying Trump is a worthy candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize and others saying that the nomination is making a mockery of the award. President Trump has called his nomination, “A great thing for our country.” He told Fox News that his nomination signifies that, “we’re trying to make peace, and not war all the time.” The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in October of 2021.

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