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President Donald Trump has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian politician, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, for the second time.

The current president was nominated this time around for his role in normalizing diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The conservative-leaning Norwegian says his nomination is not about his favor for the current president.

“I’m not a big Trump supporter,” he said in an exclusive interview with Fox News.

“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other peace prize nominees,” Tybring-Gjedde said. “The committee should look at the facts and judge him on the facts – not on the way he behaves sometimes.”

Trump was nominated by the Norwegian official for the first time in 2018 for his work in peace talks with North and South Korea

Nominations must come from heads of states or politicians at national levels, university professors of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology and religion, and directors of foreign policy institutes. Past recipients of the award and members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee are also allowed to nominate. Nominations are due by Feb. 1 each year.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee is responsible for the selection of eligible candidates and the choice of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.”

The Nobel Prizes website says, “The Committee is composed of five members appointed by the Storting (Norwegian parliament).”

President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, President Woodrow Wilson in 1920, President Jimmy Carter in 2002, and President Barack Obama in 2009 have all been past presidents to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nick Adams, self-proclaimed “Trump’s Favorite Author” tweeted: “Unlike Barack Obama, Donald Trump actually earned his Nobel Peace Prize nomination.” 

When Obama was nominated and won, there was some controversy. Obama had been in office for only 9 months and hadn’t accomplished much, critics said. 

“For the time being Obama’s just making proposals,” Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner, said about the win. “But sometimes the Nobel committee awards the prize to encourage responsible action.” 

People have gone to Twitter to share their reactions, both positive and negative. 

“I just read that your orange orangutan of a president got nominated for the 2021 Nobel peace prize…..?!!??! Huhhhhhhh” Said the sun’s daughter, @ephrata

Said @David J Harris Jr “President @realDonaldTrump gets nominated for the Nobel Peace prize… for bringing peace to the Middle East! He wants to do the same thing in America! I’m proud to support him!”

Some stand in support for Trump’s nomination, while others are shedding light on the recent news of Trump being aware of the deadliness of COVID-19.

“It’s nice to see the Nobel Peace Prize nomination actually relating to the advancement of world peace, isn’t it? And no one is more deserving than our great President.” Reads a tweet from @lmcatt7

“this is a joke right because most nobel peace prize winners haven’t let 170,000+ people die due to their negligence” Responds @w4terb0ttl3.

Written ByJulia Harrold

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