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Donald Trump nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

10:36 | 12/10/2020

Donald Trump didn’t win a Nobel Prize this year — but already he’s been nominated for one in 2021, thanks to a right-wing Finnish politician who cites the president’s “endeavors to end the era of endless wars."

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Donald Trump didn’t win a Nobel Prize this year — but already he’s been nominated for one in 2021(Photo: Shutterstock)

Finland’s Laura Huhtasaari, a European Parliament representative and a member of the far-right Finns Party, nominated the president for the 2021 Peace Prize after Trump was snubbed from this year’s honors, New York Post reported.

Trump’s nomination is “in recognition of his endeavors to end the era of endless wars, construct peace by encouraging conflicting parties for dialogue and negotiations, as well as underpin internal cohesion and stability of his country,” Huhtasaari wrote in a letter dated Friday to the Nobel Committee.

Anyone can be nominated for the award as long as they meet certain basic criteria.

Huhtasaari credited the president with managing to complete his term without ensnaring the US in another major international conflict and for reducing the number of troops in the Middle East.

"No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize," Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, told The Associated Press.

He said he nominated Trump on Wednesday, adding that "Donald Trump meets the criteria" for the Nobel Peace Prize.

President Trump retweeted a link to the Jerusalem Post's article about his nomination, saying simply, "Thank you!"

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Trump's tweet (Photo: Captured)

Tybring-Gjedde was also one of two Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Mr. Trump for the peace prize in 2018 for his efforts to bring reconciliation between North and South Korea.

Tybring-Gjedde's daughter Mathilde, a member of Parliament for the center-right Conservative Party, criticized the nomination in an email to CBS News.

"I did not nominate Donald Trump as I do not believe he is qualified to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. The prize is given to those who have 'done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.' Donald Trump does not come to mind when I read this description," said Mathilde Tybring-Gjedde.

Any national lawmaker can nominate someone for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The process of considering candidates, narrowing the wide field of nominees and awarding the prize is done in Norway, in contrast to the other Nobel Prizes, which are awarded in neighboring Sweden. Nominations must be sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee by February 1.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn't publicly comment on nominees. Under its rules, the information is required to be kept secret for 50 years.

The Nobel Committee says on its website that, as of Wednesday, a total of 318 candidates have been put forward for the 2020 Peace Prize, of which 211 are individuals and 107 are organizations. That's the fourth-highest number of candidates ever, with the current record of 376 candidates reached in 2016.

"It is now to hope that the Nobel Committee is able to consider what Trump has achieved internationally and that it does not stumble in established prejudice against the US President," Christian Tybring-Gjedde said in a Facebook post.

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