In a shocking move, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter has joined the growing list of people who believe President Donald Trump should be honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for his unprecedented progress with North Korea.
In a podcast interview with Politico, Carter noted that the United States has “done everything we could to destroy the economy of North Korea, and every North Korean knows that.”
“The North Korean people ought to be treated with respect, and I think that the embargo that we’ve enforced on them has basically hurt the people who are already suffering under a brutal dictatorship, and has not hurt the leaders of North Korea very much,” he continued.
Pointing out that North Koreans are “under constant belief that the United States wants to attack them,” the 39th president would like to see peace between the hermit nation and America moving forward.Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
“I think that the next mediator, next negotiator—maybe President Trump, I hope—will reassure them that we’re willing to give up some of those things—the threat of attack on them and to lift the embargo,” he said. “That would be a cheap price, in my opinion, to pay for a cessation of their nuclear program.”
And if President Trump can pull it off, then Carter would gladly welcome him into the ranks of Nobel laureates.
“If President Trump is successful in getting a peace treaty that’s acceptable to both sides with North Korea, I think he certainly ought to be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize,” he said. “I think it would be a worthy and a momentous accomplishment that no previous president has been able to realize.”
Carter’s endorsement comes after 18 Republican lawmakers have already nominated the president for the award, citing his efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un, and his helping negotiate peace between the Koreas.