President Trump on Thursday welcomed his nomination for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in an exclusive interview with “Fox News Rundown”, calling it “a great thing for our country”.
“It’s a great honor to be nominated, and I know it has tremendous significance,” Trump told Fox News Radio White House correspondent John Decker. “I think this is a very good thing for our country. It shows that we are trying to make peace, not war all the time.”
Trump’s nomination for the Peace Prize was presented by Christian Tbring-Giede, a member of the Norwegian parliament, who praised the president’s role in chairing the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
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According to Trump, the so-called Abraham Accord is the beginning of a US-wide effort to resolve ongoing conflicts around the world.
“We are working on a peace deal in Afghanistan, working directly with the Taliban, and it is going very well .. We will probably know about that soon,” the president said. “So we want to make a lot of peace around the world because there are other problems in the world that we have to focus on.”
In his nomination letter to the Nobel committee, Tybring-Gjede said, the Trump administration has “tried more to make peace between nations than most other peace prize nominees.” But as Decker observed, not everyone would portray Trump as a peacemaker.
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Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recently described Trump as “the first president in my lifetime who does not seek to unite the American people. Instead, he tries to divide us.”
“I think sometimes you have to crack eggs to make omelettes,” Trump responded.
“Sometimes you have to go in and get it rough … and then suddenly you come out with something that can be very beautiful.”
“Sometimes you have to go in and mix it up in some way, so to speak. And then suddenly you come out with something that can be very beautiful.”
The president claimed that his predecessors on the peace front had failed, as he put it, “We never had the talent to get there and negotiate these deals.”
“And I’ll tell you that other countries in the Middle East are dying to come. They are, they want to come so badly,” Trump said. “We are going to start piecing it all together like a beautiful puzzle.
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“It has been a very complicated puzzle for a lot of people. But I understood it and I understood that they want peace. They have been fighting for decades and decades and in some cases for centuries. And They like to see peace and it is going to happen. ”
Turning to the announcement on Wednesday that 2,200 US troops would leave Iraq by the end of this month, Trump said that the US military is now in a phase where we can go back very quickly. If something happens, we can come back very quickly.
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“It’s a different age, militarily,” the president said. “We have spent $ 2.5 trillion to work with military equipment and our military … We have never had more modern equipment, and today it is equipment that was 10 years ago, even five years old Was very different. Before. And we don’t necessarily have to be there. ”
However, Trump said, the leaders of Afghanistan and Iraq “have an understanding and have told them all that if anything happens, we can come back so fast with a power that we have right now.”
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