Trump says Japan's Abe nominated him for Nobel Peace Prize

Trump: Shinzo Abe nominated me for Nobel peace prize

Trump: Shinzo Abe nominated me for Nobel peace prize

The letter was submitted in June, immediately after a summit Trump held in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un aimed at easing tensions and tackling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. Trump said early exchanges with Kim were filled with "fire and fury", but since their first meeting previous year, the two have established a good relationship.

Speaking at a White House news conference, Trump claimed Abe had given him "the most attractive copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize". So, Prime Minister Abe gave me - it's the most lovely five-page letter.

The president said he deserves the prestigious prize more than former President Barack Obama, who was awarded it in his first year in office.

"I'll probably never get it, but that's okay", Trump lamented to White House reporters in a portion of the speech which can be seen in Talking Points Memo's below tweet. He didn't even know what he got it for.

The formal nomination came on the heels of a statement from South Korean President Moon Jae-in that "Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize".

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Abe credited Trump with responding to North Korea's nuclear efforts "in a decisive manner". Contacted by Kyodo News, the Japanese Embassy in Washington said it would refrain from commenting on the issue.

The Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun reported that the USA government "informally" asked Tokyo to nominate Trump for the 2019 prize after Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June.

Nor could a report Sunday by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun, citing unidentified government sources, that Abe had nominated Trump at the USA president's request.

In response to these fears, the leaders of US -allied Japan and South Korea have sought to forge closer ties with the unpredictable Trump, and have also massaged his ego by crediting him with the burgeoning detente with Pyongyang. "I think the people understand what we do. Nobody talks about that", Trump said. -North Korean summit last year", adding, "The (Norwegian) Nobel Committee does not make public the names of nominators or nominees for 50 years.

In recent months, Trump has showered praise on Kim, whom he used to derisively call "Little Rocket Man". "He's not making Abe look very good".

But much remains unsettled, and events could turn on Trump's upcoming second summit with North Korea's Kim on February 27 and 28 in Hanoi.

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