Why Donald Trump's Nobel Peace Prize nomination isn't a big deal

Nick Reilly
President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un stop to talk with the media as they walk from their lunch at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on Tuesday. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize by two Norwegian politicians, after a historic meeting with Kim Jong Un.

MP Christian Tybring-Gjedde, claimed that Trump had ‘taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea’.

But while the nomination has been met with divided opinions, it’s worth noting that perhaps this isn’t so big a deal after all.

For starters, Trump’s nomination isn’t in anyway specific – anyone can be nominated by the prize by someone who fits the criteria.

Essentially, any member of a government can file a nomination, and that is all that has happened in Trump’s case.

They’ve also missed the deadline, which means that Trump’s nomination would only make him eligible for the award next year.

A record 330 people were nominated for the award in 2018 too – so he would have some stiff competition if the nomination were to be received in time.


Perhaps most importantly, a 2017 nomination for Trump was previously considered to be fraudulent, so it’s not the most ringing endorsement of the nomination process.

A 2016 nomination was also seen as an attempt to secure more press coverage for the then-Presidential candidate.

‘The person who suggested it may genuinely mean it, but the person who suggested it may also realize that the very fact that Trump’s nomination gets confirmed has considerable interest in its own right, and that all publicity is good publicity’, said Kristian Berg Harpviken, the director of Oslo’s Peace Research Institute.

In short, it’s unlikely that Trump will win the Peace Prize – and if he does it won’t be till 2019 at the very earliest.