05 May, 2018
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Trump was formally nominated for the 2019 Peace Prize by Republican members of the House on Wednesday.
But the whispers are no doubt sweet music to the ears of the 71-year-old businessman, who assumed the presidency with no political, military or diplomatic experience, and whose thirst for recognition is firmly established. Any consideration of Trump's case would be for the prize awarded in late 2019, as the deadline for 2018 passed on February 1. Messer is now locked in a tight three-way primary battle in IN for a U.S. Senate seat.
"Three days later in the Oval Office Trump returned to the topic, saying it was "very generous" of South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to suggest the USA leader, rather than himself, was deserving of the prestigious prize". It has been floated repeatedly in recent days and was amplified on Monday after South Korean President Moon Jae-in responded to a message that he himself should get the prize by saying he felt Trump deserved it more.
The rules for a Nobel prize nomination are relatively loose.
Messer's letter cited Trump's efforts to unite the worldwide community, including China, in imposing harsh economic sanctions against North Korea to pressure it to cease long-range missile and nuclear testing.
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The letter concludes, "We can think of no one more deserving of the Committee's recognition in 2019 than President Trump for his tireless work to bring peace to our world".
"If there's one thing that defines Donald Trump's presidency, it may be his never-ending thirst for validation, applause and credit - even when getting it strains credulity", the Post's Aaron Blake wrote.
His administration has cautioned the United States seeks "commitment" rather than "words" from the North Korean leader on yielding lasting peace.
The administration's efforts to "win unprecedented sanctions against North Korea have pretty clearly played a role; whether his tough talk about "Little Rocket Man" and obliterating North Korea did is less certain, as is what might come of his meeting with the country's leader, Kim Jong Un".
Trump is set to hold a meeting with Kim to discuss North Korea's nuclear program in the near future, the location and date of which of not yet been announced.
The President last week said the U.S. was "not going to be played" when it comes to talks with North Korea.