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President Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The President is revered after historic summit in Singapore.

Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated United States President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination comes on the heels of President Trump’s role in the summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

According to Vox, the conservative lawmakers believe the President has taken the right steps in ensuring world peace and want to show their gratitude by bestowing upon Trump the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. The intention of the President’s nomination comes on the idea that there is going to be nuclear disarmament of North Korea.

Trump and Kim Jong-un met attempting to reach an agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and work towards peace between the two countries. The only agreement reached during the summit was that the two countries agreed to begin the process of working towards peace.

President Trump had tweeted frequently about Kim Jong-un in the past referring to him as “little rocket man” and claiming that his nuclear button “is bigger and actually works.”

The threat of using a nuclear weapon over the social media platform is how I believe Churchill would have approached the situation if he had an iPhone and a few too many whiskeys.

It’s one thing to take a realist approach assuring the enemy of mutually assured destruction, but tweeting threats of nuclear warfare may not be the best way to go for the leader of the free world. I highly doubt Reagan would have compelled Gorbachev to “tear down this wall” by posting on his Facebook wall. However, it did seem to pay off in persuading the North Korean dictator to concede his refusal to disarm and sit down for a summit designed to reach a peace agreement.

Critics of the President claim that this summit gives North Korea legitimacy on the international stage and supporters have responded with praise and admiration.

It should not go without saying that both sides make good arguments in this debate. The argument that Trump has given Kim Jong-un legitimacy is backed by the dictator’s willingness to murder political enemies and enslave his citizens in a gulag state. The argument that if Trump did not meet with Kim Jong-un no progress towards peace could have been established is legitimate as well.

The irony of the situation is that the chastising political left applauded President Obama for meeting with the mullahs in Iran and signing a nuclear deal, while the political right chastised the previous administration for meeting with and striking a deal with the Iranians, who are known sponsors of terrorism in the Middle East.

If we cannot submit to the idea of objectively calling balls and strikes no matter the party affiliation of a particular President, the ideological divide will continue to drive animosity between Americans who find themselves on one side or the other of the political spectrum.

Having truly objective opinions of situations is the only way we can truly have a functioning government of the people, for the people, by the people. If you simply oblige to the “team” you play for in politics, you’re going to find yourself eating crow before you know it.

So, should Trump be nominated for and potentially win a Nobel Peace Prize for his participation in this summit? Let’s wait and see how the outcome of this agreement to work towards peace ends up. If North Korea takes advantage of removed sanctions and refuses to work towards peace, then this should be considered a failure of the Trump administration. If Kim Jong-un agrees to disarm and considers improving human rights in the nation, then the Nobel Peace Prize should be proudly displayed in the Oval Office the next day.

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