Asahi: Japan's PM nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize on US request

White House nudged Japanese PM Abe to nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize: report

Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

"According to the sources, the USA government "informally" asked Tokyo to nominate Trump after he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, the first-ever summit between the two countries", the newspaper's article said.

Trump boasted during a White House Rose Garden press event that Abe had handed him "the most handsome copy" of a five-page letter about the nomination but concluded "I'll probably never get it", the Daily Mail reported.

"You know why? Because he had rocket ships and he had missiles flying over Japan", Trump said.

Trump believed that his historic meeting with Kim was potentially a ticket for a Nobel Peace Prize that would become an essential part of his legacy, his advisors and White House officials told the Associated Press.

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Trump wasn't wrong about the nomination, Japanese newspaper Asahi reports, but he left out a key detail - Abe nominated Trump after the White House nudged him to. A spokesman for the Norwegian Nobel Committee told The Washington Post a year ago that the same person is believed to have stolen the identity of a qualified nominator to submit Trump's name. The president argued that he deserved the prize for his efforts to work with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to destroy his nuclear weapons. "I´ll probably never get it. That´s okay". "He said, 'Oh, what did I get it for?'" He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000.

He claimed Abe nominated him because he was anxious about North Korea conducting missile tests over Japan.

"I highly praise President Trump's leadership", Abe said.

However, North Korea has refrained from nuclear and missile tests since the USA redoubled its diplomatic efforts early previous year. He was the first foreign leader to meet with Trump after he won the 2016 presidential election.

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"Even many of Obama's supporters believed that the prize was a mistake".

Trump also took a second dig at Barack Obama, suggesting his predecessor had been close to going to war with the nuclear-armed state.

Critics back then made arguments similar to those of Trump, asking what Obama had actually done to deserve the prestigious award. US troops also remained at war throughout his entire presidency.

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