Norwegian lawmakers nominate Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

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The process of considering candidates and awarding the Nobel Peace Prize is done in Norway.

The Norwegian lawmakers who nominated Trump were Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen of the country's right-leaning Progress Party, which advocates for limited immigration and shrinking the size of government.

Lawmakers and academics from around the world can send nominations for the Nobel Prize.

The committee can not publicly reveal who has been nominated, so it is unclear if Mr Trump is in the running to scoop the prize in 2018.

Mr Trump and Mr Kim pledged to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korea peninsula at the summit on the resort island of Sentosa. "I think that we can do this by sending a clear signal and awarding the peace prize to Trump", Amundsen told national broadcaster NRK.

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President Barack Obama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, is the most recent American recipient.

Jagland declined to comment on Trump's chances after the summit.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee's vice-chair, Henrik Syse, wrote in a blog in December, 2016, that: "President-elect Donald Trump has, with his rhetoric, lowered the threshold for moral decency so far it is downright scary". His headline: 'Trump is no Hitler'.

Sky Bet is offering odds of the United States president winning the award this year at 8/1, while it puts the chances of him winning the prize alongside someone else at 5/4. The remaining two committee members appear not to have written publicly about Trump.

A group of Republicans contacted the Nobel Committee in May this year, one month before the much-anticipated summit took place.

"Since taking office, President Trump has worked tirelessly to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to end its illicit weapons programs and bring peace to the region".

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