PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A few of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominees have been unveiled and among them is Pope Francis and 2016 presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
CBS reported that Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu gave his backing to Pope Francis because of his “significant contributions to global understanding of sustainable development.”
But, who nominated Donald Trump?
While it is unclear who nominated the billionaire businessman, it was reported that Nobel watcher Kristian Berg Harpviken, the director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, told the French news agency AFP that he had received a copy of the nomination letter, suggesting Trump, who drew criticism from around the world for his vow to ban Muslims entering the United States, should be awarded the prestigious prize for “his vigorous peace through strength ideology, used as a threat weapon of deterrence against radical Islam, ISIS, nuclear Iran and Communist China”.
During his presidential campaign, Trump has been vocal about his plans for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and China. From saying that he would take away the oil from the Middle East to threatening to impose a protective tariff on trade with the Chinese, Trump has practically touched on it all.
Norwegian lawmaker Audun Lysbakken nominated Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who escaped from ISIS’ sexual slavery to become a spokeswoman for those abused by the group’s militants.
According to CBS, The five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee typically receives more than 200 nominations for the prestigious prize, and keeps candidates secret for 50 years. Panel members can make their own nominations during their first judging meeting on Feb. 29.