Monday, February 8, 2016

Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Trump and Grand Daughter  
Donald Trump has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

According to the nominations letter, Trump was nominated for "his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China."

As reported by Politico, Trump's nomination doesn't necessarily mean that the Nobel Institute actually approved it, considering the organization has mostly been associated with left-leaning values; they awarded the prize to Obama in 2009.
"Thousands of people around the world are allowed to nominate," reports Politico, "including: members of national legislatures and top government officials, current and former Nobel Committee members, previous Peace Prize laureates, certain types of professors, members of international courts, and the heads of some think tanks."

Trump has been nominated alongside Pope Francis, Edward Snowden, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. PRIO's director, Kristian Berg Harpviken speculated that Snowden would get the prize this year.

"Others, including Julian Assange and Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning, have reportedly been nominated earlier, but Snowden’s candidacy is stronger, given both his recognition that leaking needs to be balanced with a concern for the security of individuals, and his principled reflections on the debate on surveillance and security," Harpviken wrote.

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