The GOP’s next campaign: Win Nobel for Trump

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A group of House Republicans is seeking the Nobel Peace Prize for President Donald Trump because of his work to ease nuclear tensions with North Korea. | Getty

WASHINGTON — A group of House Republicans is seeking the Nobel Peace Prize for President Donald Trump because of his work to ease nuclear tensions with North Korea.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are working out the details of a historic summit that could take place by the end of May or early June. Yet an agreement by which the North would give up its nuclear weapons and allow for the world to confirm it still seems far off.

The United States has reached aid-for-disarmament deals with North Korea before, but they’ve ultimately failed.

Recent comments from the leaders of the two Koreas have raised hopes. Trump’s supporters on Capitol Hill are pushing the idea that he deserves a Nobel, and Trump clearly enjoyed it Saturday when supporters at a Michigan rally began chanting “Nobel” as he talked about North Korea.

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., made the suggestion in letter Wednesday sent to members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. It was signed by 18 Republicans.

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind.,  unveiled a letter on May 2, to members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that was signed by 18 Republicans urging it award the Peace Prize to President Donald Trump. | AP Photo

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., unveiled a letter on May 2, to members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee that was signed by 18 Republicans urging it award the Peace Prize to President Donald Trump. | AP Photo

The letter said North Korea has ignored international demands to cease its aggressions but that Trump’s “peace through strength policies are working” and bringing North Korea to the negotiating table.

It said the Trump administration united China and others in imposing strict sanctions.

“The sanctions have decimated the North Korean economy and have been largely credited for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table,” the nomination letter stated.

Messer is running for the Senate in Indiana, where support for Trump has become a litmus test for Republican voters. The lawmakers who signed the letter are among the most conservative in the House. The group includes several other lawmakers who are also running for governor or senator in Republican-leaning or strongly GOP states.

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