‘Look, the last president was handed the Nobel Peace Prize – this president’s actually going to earn it,’ she said on ‘Fox and Friends’ Wednesday morning.
Trump has high hopes his nuclear disarmament deal with North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un will net him the prize and the respect of world leaders that comes with it.
He sat down with Kim in Singapore on Tuesday for the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader in history.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump will earn the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with North Korea
Trump has high hopes the summit with Kim Jong-Un will net him the prestigious honor
Conway said Trump would earn his win ‘unlike the last president’
President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009
Their meeting culminated in an agreement that commits the U.S. to offering unspecified ‘security guarantees’ for North Korea in exchange for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The exact terms of that agreement remain unclear.
A group of 18 Republicans in Congress has formally submitted Trump’s name to the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway, that picks the winner.
Trump was also nominated by two members of Norway’s governing Progress Party.
Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee before February 1 so it’s unclear if Trump is eligible for the award this year or next year.
‘Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it,’ Trump said in May when asked if he deserved the prize. ‘The prize I want is victory for the world.’
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said in April that Trump deserved the prize.
Hundreds of people are nominated for the Noble Peace Prize every year with 330 names having been submitted thus far this year.
Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in October 2009, shortly after he became the first African American elected president, for ‘his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,’ according to the citation.
‘Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population,’ the citation read.
Obama faced some criticism when he was awarded the prize, with some asking if he had done enough less than a year into his presidency to earn it
President Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his Singapore Summit
At the time the award was announced, it was met by criticism from those who said the president, who had not been in office for even a year at that point, hadn’t accomplished enough to earn the distinguished honor.
The New York Times’ Nicolas Kristof wrote at the time: ‘So what do you think of President Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize? I’m nonplussed – I admire his efforts toward Middle East peace, but the prize still seems very premature. What has he done?… Shouldn’t the Nobel Peace Prize have a higher bar than high expectations? Especially when there are so many people who have worked for years and years on the front lines, often in dangerous situations, to make a difference to the most voiceless people of the world?’
Some saw the award as a backlash to President George W. Bush, Obama’s predecessor who was not popular on the world stage.
Even Obama said he was ‘surprised’ to be given the honor.
When talking to Stephen Colbert about his legacy in 2016, as he was wrapping up his time in the White House, Obama mentioned the prize.
And when asked why he received it, he responded: ‘To be honest, I still don’t know.’
Geir Lundestad, who was secretary of the prize at the time it was awarded to Obama, said in 2015: ‘Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake.’
Past winners of the prize include the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., education advocate Malala Yousafzai, former Vice President Al Gore for his work on climate change, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, South African leader Nelson Mandela, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, former Soviet Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, and Amnesty International.
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