On December 10 every year, the Nobel Foundation awards deserving individuals for their accomplishments in a variety of categories. Many believe Donald Trump could at least receive a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize — and he hasn’t denied he thinks he deserves it.
But the president’s foreign policy hasn’t created as much world peace as he seems to believe it has. Not even one of Trump’s closest family members believes he can successfully win the prize (page 7).
1. He made a questionable deal with Saudi Arabia
- It involved shipping heavy weaponry worth approximately $1.3 billion.
According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, “This sale … conveys U.S. commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security and armed forces modernization … [and improves] Saudi Arabia’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its border regions and critical infrastructure.”
Next: He says he wants peace, but then he called off an important agreement.
2. He backed out of the nuclear deal with Iran
- Iran would have been nuclear weapon-free for at least a decade.
In 2015, President Barack Obama sealed a deal with Iran in which the country promised: “Under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.” Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement.
Next: He may have made an already destructive conflict worse.
3. He launched 2 attacks on Syria
- The missiles targeted chemical weapons facilities.
On just one occasion, France, Britain, and the United States collectively fired over 100 missiles in a violent attempt to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons network. Vladimir Putin called the effort “destructive.” Trump called this a “victory.”
Next: He unwound months of diplomatic progress.
4. He canceled his summit with Kim Jong Un
- The two world leaders were scheduled to meet in Singapore.
President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un were supposed to meet on June 12, 2018 — a would-have-been historic event that could have led to peace between nations. It all fell apart when Trump canceled the summit.
Next: The meeting was supposed to accomplish something huge.
5. The meeting could have (eventually) changed everything
- Some said the meeting would have been risky — but worth it.
Some — such as Senator Cory Gardner — were skeptical before the cancellation. He said: “If the president of the United States meets with Kim Jong Un and does not walk away with what should be those concrete steps toward denuclearization, then I don’t see how it’s any closer to the kind of peace on the peninsula that we have been seeking.”
Next: If opinions really counted, he definitely wouldn’t win.
6. The majority of American voters believe he doesn’t deserve it
- About 60% of registered voters said they believed he shouldn’t receive the award.
If the majority of registered voters had a say in who does or doesn’t win the prize, Trump would be out of the running. Over half of those polled said they didn’t think he should be given the Nobel Peace Prize, even though Trump seems to think “everyone” believes he deserves it.
Next: Not “everyone” has faith in the possibility.
7. His son doesn’t even think it could happen
- He tweeted out his response to an article stating he might win.
Many officials openly support the idea, but Trump’s own son isn’t sure the dream could become a reality. Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: “Remember who decides this stuff. [Nothing] to do with merit as we have all seen. The globalist elite would never give him that win.”
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