If Trump wins, it will make him the 5th US President to be conferred with the Nobel Peace Prize. But more importantly, he’d be able to boast that he deserved it more than Obama.
‘It is not a “troll”: Trump nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2021!’. A tweet read after the news broke about the 45th US President Donald Trump’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021. Before Trump, President Barack Obama received the same prestigious Nobel Prize in 2009, just seven months into his presidency. Even Obama loyalists had questioned the decision. The committee secretary later expressed regret over it and Obama never spoke of it. It’s a tale of two US Presidents and the latter one’s relentless bids for the Nobel Peace Prize that the former won without trying.
Trump is nominated by a far-right Norwegian legislator for acting as a ‘peace broker’ in the middle-east, specifically mediating a deal between UAE and Israel, his latest achievement in international relations. The peace deal now also includes Bahrain. “The second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days,” he tweeted.
Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of Norway’s Progress Party, cited Trump’s role in the recent landmark agreement between Israel and the UAE. “For his merit, I think (Trump) has done more trying to create peace between nations than most other peace prize nominees,” he said. Gjedde, a staunch Trump support from overseas had also nominated the President for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for reconciling North and South Korea. He mentioned in his nomination letter how Trump also played a key role in furthering conversations between conflicted parties like India and Pakistan.
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Peace Deals and a Public Wish of President Trump
To President Trump’s credit, brokering Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal is a historic achievement. It is the first such deal in over two decades. This is a hard-earned and well-deserved honor for this President,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
It is no secret that the US President has developed a very real yearning for the Nobel Peace Prize that Obama achieved early on in his presidency. So much so, that he partially credited himself when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali won in 2019. Referring to Ali, Trump had said, “I made a deal. I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country.”
The nomination comes at a crucial time when Trump is up for reelection and his boat, quite frankly, appears to be sinking. The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will take place in October. The award can have a major effect on the coming US Presidential Elections.
Trump’s odds of winning Nobel prize
But, what are really the odds of Trump winning the Nobel Peace Prize? One can never tell. Ironically, the first book he authored was titled Trump: The Art of the Deal. Its no wonder he now has two peace deals under his belt. He has been making deals all his life and successfully so. However, the pandemic saw a very chaotic response from the US President. While leaders like Jacinda Arden handled the public health emergency in an organised way with scientific temperament.
Additionally, Trump has been accused of downplaying or lying about the effects of the pandemic. Despite being aware of the catastrophic consequences. We also have child activists like Greta Thunberg, who Trump has mocked on occasions. Nonetheless, there are definitely better candidates but one never knows for sure with the Nobel.
The Nobel Prize Obama never talks about
The 44th US President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. His achievements mentioned his role in the promotion of nuclear non-proliferation and bringing a “new climate” in international relations.
Furthermore, he received the prize less than eight months into office and many including his supporters questioned that his impact wasn’t deserving of the prize. Still, Mr Obama flew to Oslo to receive the award and gave one of his signature speeches. But a Nobel doesn’t come high up in Obama’s resume.
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The Nobel secretary, Geir Lundestad expressed regret about Obama’s Prize later in his memoir. “No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama.” “Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” Lundestad writes. “In that sense, the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for”.
Eleven years later, a lot many feel that the former President lived up to the prize in his astounding two terms even in his roles in peace deals in the Middle East and Asia. However, Obama’s legacy as a ‘peace broker’ is convoluted because of US airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
The Nobel Legacy of US Presidents
As Trump bids for two, the jury is still out on whether Obama really left behind a legacy deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize. That has been awarded to likes of Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. Further, Obama was a huge hit back home as a President. But the effects of his presidency saw a lot of setback for the west, in terms of international relations. Trump has really setback his record with his COVID response but two peace deals could still bring the coveted honor to him. If Donald Trump wins, his Nobel Prize speech would make for an interesting comparison with that of Obama’s.
As we saw in the case of Obama, that just receiving the award doesn’t bring about the legacy. We have to ask if Obama couldn’t qualify as the perfect candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, will Trump be accepted as one?