“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton
A majority of American voters think President Donald Trump tamped down the possibility of nuclear war during his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un but believe by a 66 to 27 percent margin that he doesn’t deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize for it, according to a survey released Wednesday. Republicans — by 58 to 29 percent — feel he should be awarded the Nobel for his talks with North Korea, a Quinnipiac University National Poll revealed. Americans by a 70 to 22 percent margin disagree with Trump’s contention that North Korea no longer poses a threat after his meeting with Kim. Republicans are split on the issue, with 41 percent agreeing and 44 percent disagreeing, the poll shows. According to a report, the poll was conducted between June 14 and 17 and surveyed 905 voters nationwide through landlines and cellphones. It has a plus or minus 3.9 percentage-point margin of error. Many lawmakers previously supported the idea of Trump being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in convening a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un earlier this month. But a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjorn Jagland, who is also the secretary general of a human rights watchdog, Council of Europe and many other heads of human rights groups have spoken out against Trump for his immigration policy. It is true that although Trump and Kim signed a joint statement that establishes intentions to work toward peace between the two countries, there is little concrete evidence that the document will lead to complete denuclearization in the near future.
Although President Trump’s recent summit with North Korean leader didn’t actually result in clear plans for the country’s denuclearization, two Norwegian lawmakers have just nominated the president for a Nobel Peace Prize. Two members of the country’s right-leaning political party, Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen, nominated Trump for the 2019 award because of his efforts to secure the nuclear disarmament of North Korea, according to NRK, Norway’s state broadcasting company. Nominations for the world’s most coveted prize are open to lawmakers, academics and researchers from around the world. The Nobel Committee in Oslo typically receives hundreds of nominations each year, and past candidates have also included Russian President Vladimir Putin and Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. A record 330 people were nominated this year. In May, 18 House Republicans also sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating Trump for the Peace Prize, which has a history of being awarded to American statesmen, like President Barack Obama in 2009, Vice President Al Gore in 2007, and President Jimmy Carter in 2002.
The Peace Prize is one of five Nobel prizes and is awarded to a person who has “done the most or best work for fraternity between nations.” Anyone can be nominated for the prize. There is no denying Trump’s nomination has come as surprise for many. Trump, though, frequently exchanges bellicose words with other world leaders and has alienated several US allies — making him an unconventional choice for the award. The President of the United States continues to press for a non-nuclear weaponised North Korea. Does it make him more peace-award worthy?