Trump: Japan's Shinzo Abe Nominated Me for the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted: Feb 15, 2019 12:02 PM
Trump: Japan's Shinzo Abe Nominated Me for the Nobel Peace Prize

Source: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

"I think I can say this," President Trump said at the White House Friday morning, before revealing that Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented him a "beautiful" letter indicating that he'd nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Trump shared the news during his speech about declaring a national emergency to fund a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Abe showed Trump a copy of the "beautiful 5-page letter" he sent to the Nobel Peace panel recommending him for the coveted award. The Japanese leader is grateful for Trump's work in helping speed the denuclearization of North Korea.

Trump wasn't completely surprised by the honor, because he witnessed how Japan went from a state of fear, to one of relative peace. 

"He had rockets flying over Japan," Trump noted. "Now all of a sudden, they feel good. They feel safe. I did that."

It was "fire and fury" before he intervened, he said. "No one else could have done that." 

The Obama administration didn't have the capability to do it, Trump asserted. Yet, as he reminded people, his predecessor had been nominated for one regardless.

He'd been there "for about 15 seconds," and he gets nominated," Trump said. "He didn't even know" what he got nominated for.

This actually isn't the first time an international leader has nominated Trump for a Nobel prize. Two Norwegian lawmakers were similarly moved by Trump's efforts in North Korea, that they nominated him last May.

The president was honored by the requests for a nomination, but he said he'll "probably never get it."