Washington, D.C. (Washington Examiner) — Eighteen House Republicans have formally nominated President Trump for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in helping to improve relations between North and South Korea.
Led by Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., the Republican lawmakers sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Wednesday outlining the actions Trump has taken to pressure North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program and commit to a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
“Although North Korea has evaded demands from the international community to cease its aggressions for decades, President Trump’s peace through strength policies are working and bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula,” the Republicans wrote. “We can think of no one more deserving of the committee’s recognition in 2019 than President Trump for his tireless work to bring peace to our world.”
The GOP lawmakers credited the Trump administration with uniting the international community to impose sanctions on Pyongyang, which they said have “decimated the North Korean economy and have been largely credited for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table.”
Messer has been pushing for a Nobel Peace Prize for Trump since March, and last week, the Indiana congressman said he was gathering support from his congressional colleagues to formally nominate the president.
His latest push came after South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The two committed to ending the 65-year-old Korean War and will sign a peace treaty.
In a joint statement released after the meeting before the two Koreas, North and South Korea said they’re committed to achieving a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.
Trump has agreed to meet with Kim himself, though the date and location are still being discussed.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, then the CIA director, met with Kim last month.
“This is more progress in North Korea than we saw during the entire Obama administration,” Messer said in a statement. “And it’s a direct result of President Trump’s leadership on the world stage.”