President Donald Trump is very upset that he hasn’t gotten a Nobel Peace Prize and on Monday, he returned to his long-lasting complaints that he hasn’t received the award yet.
The president was holding an open-press meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Pakistani press began heaping praise on him, reportedly telling Trump, “We love you.” After that, reporters in the room like the Wall Street Journal’s Vivian Salama and the Associated Press’ Jonathan Lemire said that he ignored the American press.
A member of Pakistan's travel press repeatedly lavished praise on President Trump, telling him, "we love you." Trump pretty much stopped taking questions from the US media after that.
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) September 23, 2019
Trump basically stopped even looking at the White House press pool as some of his aides struggled to stifle their laughter https://t.co/yxHbopUKGz
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) September 23, 2019
At one point, one of the Pakistani reporters told him “very likely and definitely” he would receive the Nobel Prize if he solves the land dispute in the Kashmiri region. Trump then launched into a string of self-fawning tirade in which he also blasted the Nobel Prize selection committee and President Barack Obama.
Trump told reporters, “I think I’m going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things. They gave one to Obama immediately upon his ascent to the presidency, and he had no idea why he got it and you know what, that was the only thing I agreed with him on.”
Here’s a clip of his remarks:
After a reporter suggests he should win a Nobel Prize, Trump says, “I think I’m going to get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things, if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t. They gave one to Obama immediately upon his ascent to the presidency, and he had no idea why he got it.” pic.twitter.com/vbFneNC9kw
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 23, 2019
Trump has lobbied for a Nobel Prize throughout his presidency. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated him for the award and a Japanese newspaper later reported that the U.S. government had requested that Abe nominate Trump for the prize.
Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. According to the Nobel committee, they gave the former president the award because of “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
President Obama was famously candid about his Nobel Prize. At the end of his presidency, late-night host Stephen Colbert asked Obama what he got the award for, and the former president quipped, “To be honest, I still don’t know.”