President Donald Trump went after Barack Obama on Monday, saying that the former president did not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize. While speaking at the United Nations, Trump also said that he would have been given the Nobel Prize himself if things were done fairly.
“I think I’m going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t. They gave one to Obama immediately upon his ascent to the presidency and he had no idea why he got it,” Trump said, according to Fox News. “You know what? That was the only thing I agreed with him on.”
This comes months after it was reported that Trump had been nominated by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and at least two other Norwegian lawmakers for his “positive developments on the Korean Peninsula” and easing of tensions with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
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Obama, who was the first American to ever be given the prestigious prize, won it in 2009 for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people.” In his acceptance speech, Obama even admitted that it was unusual for him to be given the prize at the beginning of his presidential term.
“Compared to some of the giants of history who have received this prize —Schweitzer and King, Marshall and Mandela — my accomplishments are slight,” Obama said, according to Yahoo News.
Obama went on to say in his speech that “throughout history, the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement. It’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes, and that’s why I will accept this award as a call to action — a call for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.”
This year, 301 candidates received nominations by the Jan. 31 deadline, with 223 being individuals and 78 being organizations.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which chooses the winner, typically does not unveil the names of the nominees until 50 years after the fact. The process of choosing a winner involves creating a short list, subject to assessment by the Nobel Committee’s roster of “permanent advisors,” in addition to international experts from Norway and beyond. The final decision of the winner is then made in the last meeting, which is usually held at the beginning of October.
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