It is being reported that President Trump has been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
One of Japan’s largest newspapers reports that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has nominated the United State president for spurring the peace negotiation process with North Korea.
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According to the report, as NBC News reports, Abe sent a five-page letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Trump enthusiastically shared during a press conference that he was personally given a copy of this letter.
CNN reports that during the presser, Trump said: “Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize.”
Trump continued, speaking of Abe: “He said: ‘I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan. I am asking them to give you the Nobel Peace Prize.’ I said, ‘Thank you.'”
“You know why? Because he had rocket ships and he had missiles flying over Japan,” the U.S. president added. “They feel safe. I did that.”
The national newspaper Asahi Shimbun, citing multiple Japanese government sources, reported Sunday that the U.S. government “informally” asked Japan to nominate Trumpafter he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last year.
At a meeting of the lower house of Japan’s parliament on Monday, Abe said he wouldn’t comment on the report because Peace Prize nominations are secret for 50 years. But he did say: “I’m not saying it’s not true.”
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Speaking later to reporters, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga gave the same reason for declining to comment, saying: “The Nobel Committee doesn’t reveal the identity of those recommending or those recommended for the award for 50 years. And so based on this, I would like to refrain from making comments on this.”
A CNN report adds:
Speaking in the lower house of parliament Monday, Abe pointedly declined to comment on Trump’s claim last week that he had submitted the nomination to the Nobel committee.
“I’m not saying that it is not the fact,” Abe said, adding that the US President had been working to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, and that he “highly” appreciated his leadership.
“I’ll continue to (offer) my utmost cooperation to President Trump to solve the North Korean nuclear and missile issues and the abduction issue, which is the most important … for Japan,” said Abe.
“With that in mind, as for the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee has decided not to disclose nominators and nominees for 50 years. I would like to refrain from commenting on it, based on that fact.”
According to the report, a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize must be received by February 1. The Norwegian organization claims they have received 304 candidates for the prestigious award, the highest number they have ever received.
Here’s even more from CNN:
Last year, House Republicans nominated him for the annually presented prize, and the crowd at at least one of his rallies broke into a chant of “Nobel prize.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in also suggested at the time that the US leader would be a worthy recipient. But a presidential spokesperson said Monday that Moon had not nominated him, nor had any plan to personally nominate Trump in the future.
However, the spokesperson said that Moon “thinks that President Trump is more than eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize” because of his contribution to bringing peace to the Korean peninsula.
Nobel prizes are usually announced in October but awarded annually on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, who gives his name to the awards.