Could Donald Trump Win 2019 Nobel Peace Prize? Bovada Offers Odds …

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, May 3, 2018 4:20 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 3, 2018 4:20 PM UTC

Korean peace efforts cited in U.S. President Donald Trump’s consideration for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

The push is on for President Donald Trump to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Eighteen Republican members of the U.S. House of Representative have put it in writing, asking the Norwegian Nobel Committee to consider Trump for the distinguished prize for “his tireless work to bring peace to our world.”

The nomination was spearheaded by Indiana's Rep. Luke Messer, who is locked in a tough GOP primary battle in the Hoosier State for a Senate seat. The letter cites 45’s application of “maximum pressure to North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region.”

Bovada has posted odds on whether President Trump will win the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize at +350 for Yes and -500 for No. (“Yes” is graded as the winner if the prize is shared with others.)

During the President’s recent rally in Michigan, the crowd was on board, chanting “Nobel! Nobel! Nobel.”

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No one is more deserving of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize than @realdonaldtrump for his tireless work to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. Our nomination to the Nobel committee ⬇️

— Diane Black (@RepDianeBlack) May 2, 2018

And South Korean president Moon Jae-in is all-in too, saying Trump “deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks.”

Needless to say in these divisive times, not everyone is on board. Even Trump, flattered by the South Korean president’s words, suggested it too early to consider such an honor.

“I thought it was very generous of President Moon of South Korea to make that statement, and I appreciate it, but the main thing is to get it done.”

So far there still isn’t a firm date or place for Trump’s summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Trump is being nominated as a candidate for the 2019 award as the deadline for nominees for the 2018 award has passed – this year’s award will be given in October.

The 116-year-old Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to individuals or groups who have worked to forge closer links between countries, reduce or abolish armed forces and promote peace talks between rival nations. Previous recipients include Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.

If the Trump were to win, he would be the fifth U.S. President to have received the honor:

1906 – Theodore Roosevelt won for “having negotiated peace in the Russo-Japanese war in 1904-5.” Roosevelt was the first statesman to be awarded the Peace Prize, and, according to the Nobel website it was the first time the award was controversial. The Norwegian Left said Roosevelt was a "military mad" imperialist responsible for the American conquest of the Philippines. Swedish writers suggested Norway gave him the award to win powerful friends following the dissolution of the union with Sweden the previous year.

1919 – Woodrow Wilson was honored for being “the leading architect behind the League of Nations … to ensure world peace after the slaughter of millions of people in the First World War.” This win also came with controversy when the U.S. Senate failed to ratify the Treaty of Versailles and allow the U.S. to join the League of Nations. The Nobel Committee discussed whether Wilson deserved the award, but he was eventually named the winner.

2002 – Former President Jimmy Carter won for “his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development. … He has shown outstanding commitment to human rights and has served as an observer at countless elections all over the world. He has worked hard on many fronts to fight tropical diseases and to bring about growth and progress in developing countries. Carter has thus been active in several of the problem areas that have figured prominently in the over one hundred years of Peace Prize history.”

2009 – Barack Obama as a Nobel honoree for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. …. Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population.” The award, given only nine months into his presidency, was criticized as being undeserved, premature and politically motivated.

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