Eighteen House Republicans, led by Indiana Rep. Luke Messer, formally nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday in a letter addressed to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
“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. His Administration successfully united the international community, including China, to impose one of the most successful international sanctions regimes in history,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.
“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 letter continued.
The letter praises Trump for his efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and credits him for ending the 68-year conflict between North and South Korea. It also references the recommendation from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who recently said he thought Trump should win the award.
Messer and the other lawmakers who sent the letter are not alone in their belief that Trump should be nominated for the honor.
At a rally in Michigan on Saturday, the crowd chanted, “Nobel! Nobel!” as the president spoke about his upcoming negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The two men are set to meet sometime this summer, either in late May or early June, to discuss denuclearization. The meeting will be the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.
Earlier this week, President Trump hinted that the leaders could meet at the Peace House, a location near the Demilitarized Zone that straddles the borders of North and South Korea.