President Donald Trump was nominated for a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday by the Swedish Parliament after he helped broker a deal between Serbia and Kosovo to normalize economic relations, his second nomination for the prize this week.
Sweden announced the nomination of the Trump administration and both nations on Friday in a tweet by parliament member Magnus Jacobsson. Jacobsson said the nomination was made because of “joint work for peace and economic development, through the cooperation agreement signed in the White House.”
In addition to normalizing economic relations between the two eastern European nations, the deal also included Kosovo recognizing Israel, and Serbia agreeing to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
Trump was also nominated on Wednesday for the 2020 prize by a member of Norway’s parliament for helping bring about a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Trump “has done more” for peace than other nominees
“For his merit, I think he has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other Peace Prize nominees,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde told Fox News.
The White House also announced Friday that Bahrain will follow UAE in normalizing relations with Israel, and other countries may also decide to follow suit.
“When I took office, the Middle East was in a state of absolute chaos,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “As more countries normalize relations with Israel, which will happen quite quickly, we believe, the region will become more and more stable, secure and prosperous,” he said.
Former President Barack Obama was awarded a Nobel Prize in 2009, the first year of his presidency, for his efforts to get rid of nuclear weapons around the world and ease tensions with Muslims after 9/11. In 2015, the ex-secretary of the Nobel committee said in a rare BBC interview that the award was a mistake and results did not materialize as hoped-for.
Atlantic: “End the Nobel Peace Prize”
After Trump’s first nomination for the prestigious prize, The Atlantic published a piece advocating the end of the prize and accused Tybring-Gjedde of being a “troll” for making the nomination.
“Do we give the prize to Greta Thunberg, for screaming about the environment?” Tybring-Gjedde asked in response to the American press’s incredulity at the nomination. “The agreement he made between Israel and the United Arab Emirates could mean peace between Israel and the Arab world. That is like the [Berlin] Wall falling down.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany also defended Trump’s nomination. “This is a hard-earned and well-deserved honor for the president,” she said.
Of the many people nominated for the award, it would be a long shot for Trump to actually get it, but no one can argue that he has not made impressive accomplishments in bringing peace to parts of the world that have not seen it for a very long time–no matter how rude and snarky The Atlantic may want to be about it.