South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, along with six other GOP governors have written a letter to the Norwegian Nobel committee in support of President Donald Trump’s nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The lawmakers believe Trump’s “transformative efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula” make him worthy of the coveted honor.
In the letter signed by McMaster, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, Maine Gov. Paul LePage and West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, they praised the president on his “unprecedented victory for global peace and security.”
“The President’s firm stance against nuclearization, coupled with his willingness to engage one-on-one with Pyongyang, has succeeded in opening new avenues of cooperation, friendship and unity between the two Koreas – and the rest of the world,” writes the governors.
However, governors aren’t listed as part of the official list to make Nobel nominations according to the Mobel Prize website.
Earlier this month, Trump was also nominated for the prize for his Korean peace efforts by 18 House Republicans after the fruitful meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un where the leaders agreed to work together to denuclearize the Peninsula.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee then sent an email encouraging supporters to add their name to a list to “Nominate President Trump to Win the Nobel Peace Prize”
Sen. Linsey Graham expressed similar sentiments last month.
“We’re not there yet, but if this happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize,” said Graham on Fox News in response to his progress with North Korea.
If Trump is awarded, he will join four other presidents, including Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, and the other nine Americans who have won the prize.
“After nearly two decades of gridlock and global anxiety surrounding North Korea’s nuclear program, we are now, at last, on the precipice of peace,” writes the governors. “There is but one new variable: President Donald J. Trump and his successful policy of security through strength. There is no one more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Author’s note: Did Obama deserve the prize? Geir Lundestad, the former secretary of peace said the comittieee regreted the decision. “No Nobel Peace Prize ever elicited more attention than the 2009 prize to Barack Obama,” said Lundestad in his book. “Even many of Obama’s supporters believed that the prize was a mistake,” he says. “In that sense the committee didn’t achieve what it had hoped for.” With that in mind, the committee may be hestitant to give it to another U.S. president this soon. Again, thanks Obama!