How President Donald Trump Could Become a Nobel Peace Prize Winner
“Nobel Peace Prize winner” might not be a phrase you associate with Donald Trump. But because of his work in North Korea and South Korea, some actually think he could win it. Click through to find out why President Trump might just be in line to get the prize.
1. South Korea on Trump
Not too long ago, according to The New York Times, South Koreans thought Donald Trump was as dangerous as North Korea’s president, Kim Jong Un. That’s no big surprise because the pair traded more than one threat of nuclear annihilation. But things have changed. Today, Seoul commentators think Trump should get the Nobel Peace Prize for beginning what looks like a peace process with North Korea.
Next: South Korea’s president agrees.
2. Moon Jae In’s endorsement
South Korea’s president, Moon Jae In has endorsed Trump for a Nobel Peace Prize. Moon Jae In, according to The New York Times, received a telegram from the former South Korean first lady, Lee Hee Ho, when he was in a meeting with his senior presidential staff. The telegram congratulated Moon Jae In for having a successful summit meeting with Kim Jung Un and said she wished he would win the Nobel Peace Prize. “It’s really President Trump who should receive it; we can just take peace,” said Moon Jae In.
Next: Trump’s tactics
3. What Trump did
Moon Jae In and his senior aides have thanked Trump repeatedly for making a detente between the two countries possible, according to The New York Times. Moon Jae In cited that Trump’s “maximum pressure” on North Korea — meaning his economic sanctions and military threats — was the main reason Kim Jung Un was willing to come to the negotiating table.
Some critics say that although South Korea is no doubt grateful to Trump, it is also stroking his ego so he will continue to support its efforts to resolve the North Korean crisis. But according to The Washington Post, Moon Jae In responded to talk of his own potential Nobel by saying Trump should win it instead. “President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. The only thing we need is peace,” said Moon.
Next: Trump takes to Twitter.
4. Trump’s tweet
On April 30, 2018, Donald Trump tweeted about possibly meeting Kim Jung Un at the border between North and South Korea, where Kim and Moon met to talk. “Numerous countries are being considered for the MEETING, but would Peace House/Freedom House, on the Border of North & South Korea, be a more Representative, Important and Lasting site than a third party country? Just asking!” tweeted Trump.
Next: Trump takes credit.
5. Trump is flattered by his fans
Since the inter-Korean summit has been speculating that Trump could receive the Nobel Peace Prize, Trump has had no problem taking credit for Kim Jung Un’s change in behavior, according to The New York Times. During a Trump rally in Michigan at the end of April, fans were chanting, “Nobel, Nobel, Nobel!” “That’s very nice, thank you. That’s very nice,” said Trump said in response. “I just want to get the job done.”
Next: You’ll be surprised at one of Trump’s supporters.
6. Senator Lindsey Graham thinks Trump might deserve the prize
Although Senator Lindsey Graham is a Trump ally, he is sometimes critical of the president. Not about the Nobel Peace Prize, however, says The New York Times. “President Trump, if he can lead us to ending the Korean War … and getting North Korea to give up their nuclear program in a verifiable way, deserves the Nobel Peace Prize and then some,” said Graham on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” Some, however, are not so sure Trump has a chance, including his son. “The globalist elite would never give him that win,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr.
Next: Progress afoot
7. Trump has gained South Korea’s admiration
Trump’s public image in South Korea has been improving as the bellicose mood on the Korean Peninsula shifts to hopes of peace, according to The New York Times. During Kim Jung Un and Moon Jae In’s summit meeting, Moon agreed to push Washington to talk about negotiating a peace treaty that would end the 1950 to 1953 Korean War, which Trump has endorsed.
Last year, as when the Trump administration threatened military action against North Korea, Moon was not open to that talk, saying that no military action would take place without South Korea agreeing to it. When Trump visited Seoul after his threats, protesters lined the streets, calling him “a war maniac.”
Next: The timeline
8. A summit could happen as early as June 2018
There are rising hopes for discussions to happen between Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un, according to The New York Times. In fact, the first summit meeting could take place by early June 2018. That said, some critics feel Kim Jung Un might be suckering Moon and Trump into a false peace.
To entice Kim to participate in the summit, Moon sent him a computer thumb drive outlining plans to rebuild the North’s economy if Kim denuclearizes North Korea. Kim sought Moon’s advice on the upcoming talks, and Moon reported that Kim was “forthright and courteous.”
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