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Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize, Thanks to 39-Year No ‘New War’ Streak

A leader of NATO's delegation recommended the U.S. President, saying he has done far more for world peace than Obama.

Donald Trump at "Keep America Great" rally at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 2020.  Gage Skidmore/Flickr

President Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, thanks to his role in brokering a historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and for breaking a 39-year streak of U.S. presidents leading the U.S. into a new war.

Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a leader of Norway’s NATO delegation. He said he nominated Trump because he believes the Israel-UAE deal is a “game changer” in the Middle East that could presage several other peace deals. The agreement is far more momentous to world peace than anything done by President Barack Obama before he won the prize back in 2009, he said. 

The deal is only the third Arab-Israeli peace deal negotiated since Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, and marks the first time a diplomatic relationship has been established between Israel and a Gulf Arab country.

“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde said. “As it is expected other Middle Eastern countries will follow in the footsteps of the UAE, this agreement could be a game changer that will turn the Middle East into a region of cooperation and prosperity.”

Tybring-Gjedde also noted Trump’s efforts to reduce the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the President’s global effort to avoid bringing the U.S. into new conflicts. 

“Indeed, Trump has broken a 39-year-old streak of American Presidents either starting a war or bringing the United States into an international armed conflict. The last president to avoid doing so was Peace Prize laureate Jimmy Carter,” Tybring-Gjedde wrote.

A member of Norwegian’s libertarian Progress Party, Tybring-Gjedde said he is not a Trump fan, though he has nominated Trump before — in 2018, for Trump’s peace talks with Kim Jong Un. Trump did not win.

“This president has created peace around the world, drew down endless wars. This is a president who is very much deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told Fox News.

Trump’s odds of winning the prize aren’t great — he trails the World Health Organization and environmental activist Greta Thunberg, and his odds are just above those of the Black Lives Matter movement, according to OddsChecker, an odds comparison site.

“Plenty of observers will instinctively turn their noses up at such a prospect, but Trump has broken a 39-year-long streak of U.S. presidents leading the nation into a new war,” OddsChecker spokesman Pete Watt told the Washington Examiner.“Beyond that, he has facilitated a degree of peace between two bitterly divided nations — no mean feat.”

about the author

Barbara Boland is TAC’s foreign policy and national security reporter. Previously, she worked as an editor for the Washington Examiner and for CNS News. She is the author of Patton Uncovered, a book about General George Patton in World War II, and her work has appeared on Fox News, The Hill UK Spectator, and elsewhere. Boland is a graduate from Immaculata University in Pennsylvania.  Follow her on Twitter @BBatDC.

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