“This is a big deal and it’s well deserved,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday. “You can not deny what has happened on President Trump’s watch.”
White House financial advisers Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro even used the news to avoid questions about other issues.
“One of the things I want to do, however, before we get started is that I really want to congratulate President Trump on being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,”
The fact that White House officials announced the nomination is not surprising, especially given that much of Trump’s campaign rhetoric has not been echoed by voters. But the content of the nomination is just as important.
Trump was nominated by the same far-right Norwegian politician who nominated him in 2018, and the Nobel Committee accepts all nominations from politicians serving at the national level. This year earlier, this has meant that previous presidents like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson have been nominated for (and won) the award, but have also led to Peace Prize nominations for Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
On Sunday, Trump referred to his nomination:
“They nominated your president twice last week on two different topics for a Nobel Prize, but the fake news media did not cover it,” Trump told rally guests in Nevada.
This was the same Trump who more than six years before asked the Nobel Committee to withdraw the Peace Prize to his predecessor, Barack Obama.